On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them,

Many of us are being misled Claiming to know the pals of presidential aspirants, dark secrets about public officials, and hidden causes of the current economic crisis, those who spread rumors know precisely what they are doing They are sometimes able to derail political candidates, injure companies and reputations, even damage democratic governance And in the era of the Internet, they know about manipulating the mechanics of false rumors social cascades, group polarization, and biased assimilation than you do They also know that the presumed correctives publishing balanced information, issuing corrections, and trusting to the marketplace of ideas do not always work A pioneer in the effort to design regulation around the ways people behave The Wall Street Journal , Cass R Sunstein uses examples from the real world and from behavioral studies to explain why certain rumors spread like wildfire and what we can do to avoid being misled On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done


About the Author: Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who currently is the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School, where he continues to teach as the Harry Kalven Visiting Professor Sunstein is currently Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama administration.



10 thoughts on “On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done

  1. says:

    Essentially a non book It s very , very rare that I skim a book but after 20 odd pages of a 70 or so page book I was bored and underwhelmed Rumours start and you ll believe them if you want and won t if you don t Other factors influence you such as peers, emotions and news Does anybody not know this No new mec


  2. says:

    This had GREAT potential Then the author threw it away by droning on in suppositions and hypotheticals Really Like there aren t enough real people believing completely ridiculous rumors that he could have used to make this interesting and engaging


  3. says:

    I was disappointed with this, because I expectinsights from Cass Sunstein The book does a good job of laying out the problems with counting on a marketplace of ideas to produce truth But the ideas of polarization by conversation, of confirmation bias, and other psychological concepts well demonstrated by experiment,


  4. says:

    I bought this book as, serendipitously I d been the victim of a rumour and was fascinated at how you could say something and it be taken in completely the wrong way Further that by addressing that rumour publicly only added fuel to flames We often think of those who spread rumours as being self interested and those who


  5. says:

    While essentially an essay, and interesting for the most part, that author fails to convince me of his conclusions Theinteresting and telling part is the discussion on the psychology of rumors, why people accept them, and why they are so difficult to refute The author then tries to discuss legal cases and statutes in whic


  6. says:

    I loved Nudge, but this book is far from insightful I will save you some time read the title and subtitle, and spend half an hour thinking to yourself about the topic You ve now probably hit all the major points You can then skip the book and won t miss much, except some legal factoids near the end.


  7. says:

    BOOK REVIEW SUNSTEIN, Cass, On Rumors How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, and What Can Be DoneISBN 13 978 0691162508Why people believe rumors.This is a short, precisely 100 page long essay on rumors, why falsehoods spread and why people believe them, written by a Harvard Law scholar The book dealswith cognitive social p


  8. says:

    Rumour Has ItA light read and essentially an abridged version of Sunstein s Going to Extremes How Like Minds Unite and Divide with the same basic arguments and examples I recommend the longer version 4 The goal is to explain why people accept false and destructive rumors and if we can protect ourselves against them The key concept


  9. says:

    A lightweight quick read view spoiler how quick I read all of it during a dentist visit to have a crown fitted. hide spoiler on the state of cognitive research into bias and error correction as of the 2008 election For anyone reading this in the future meaning now it is difficult to gainsay any of the warnings Sunstein draws from his


  10. says:

    This is a short 100 pages book on the spread of rumors, a most timely subject The author covers things like information cascades, how people s previous opinions and knowledge affects their willingness to accept and spread rumors Sunstein presents us with the slightly discouraging fact, that when people have very strong prior opinions, p


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