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News Literacy: News Views & Fact Checking Resources: Anatomy of a Rumor

Blinders keep you blind

Power of Rumors

The Difficulty of Debunking - people like the stories they like.

To counter a rumor, you need to have a convincing counter-story or narrative that helps people readjust their thinking, without making them feel stupid or gullible. Help them to see how new information shows the old story in a new light.

The science of fake news

Summary: Surprise and disgust are stronger activating emotions than sadness and anticipation.

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