The Negative Impact of Rumors and Conspiracy Theories

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Conspiracy theories and rumors are the creation of people who have extraordinary minds to exaggerate ideas and even happenings in a non-desirable or negative way. People who spread rumors tend to have a lack of education and wisdom. However, it is also observed that even education does not stop people from sharing information that is not even known to exist. Some people disseminate information while threatening about something such as GMO foods or weapons of mass destruction. Thus, it is a continuing practice in today’s world to speak without thinking and believing in things or rumors that do not exist at all. Figuring out and understanding truth is one of the major troubling realities in today’s society. The technological advancements of today have also fueled the spreading of rumors and conspiracy theories which allows misinformation to spread within seconds; penetrating into peoples’ minds as real (Sunstein & Vermeule, 2008). People all around the world believe in the authenticity of conspiracy theories. They hold the similar belief that people in power work together so as to refuse to give the correct information about some significant practice or tragedy. The best example in this regard is the shared extensive worldwide belief that the Al-Qaeda is not responsible for the 9/11 attacks as they were conducted by the USA and/or Israel. People who approve of conspiracy theories may involve themselves in the creation of grave risks that may include violent activities. Such people also contribute in raising considerable challenges for the laws of the respective area or country. It is exceedingly important to mention here that self-sealing characteristics of the conspiracy theories is one of their major distinctive feature... ... middle of paper ... ...Hook ‘Truthers” Harass Newtown Man, Conspiracy Theories Go Viral. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved January 22, 2014, from http://www.questia.com/read/1P2-34126400/sandy-hook-truthers-harass-newtown-man-conspiracy Fader, C. (2013, February 3). FACT CHECK; Misinformation over the Sandy Hook Massacre Persists. The Florida Times Union. Retrieved January 22, 2014, from http://www.questia.com/read/1G1-321472098/fact-check-misinformation-over-the-sandy-hook-massacre Ramsay, R (2000). Conspiracy Theories. Harpenden: Pocket Essentials. Sunstein, Cass R. and Vermeule, Adrian, Conspiracy Theories (January 15, 2008).. Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 08-03; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 199; U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 387. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1084585 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1084585

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