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Latest R. Kelly Garrett Stories

2013-01-25 09:42:55

It seems like a great idea: Provide instant corrections to web-surfers when they run across obviously false information on the Internet. But a new study suggests that this type of tool may not be a panacea for dispelling inaccurate beliefs, particularly among people who already want to believe the falsehood. “Real-time corrections do have some positive effect, but it is mostly with people who were predisposed to reject the false claim anyway,” said R. Kelly Garrett, lead...

2012-02-01 01:13:14

Despite the fears of some scholars and pundits, most political partisans don´t avoid news and opinion sources that contradict their own beliefs, according to a new study. In fact, the more that self-described liberals and conservatives visited online sources supportive of their beliefs, the more likely they were to also view opposition websites, as well as general news sites. “People aren´t systematically avoiding websites that challenge their political views,”...

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2011-03-07 14:25:00

By Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State University Despite the fears of some, a new study suggests that use of the internet in general does not make people more likely to believe political rumors. However, one form of internet communication "“ e-mail "“ does seem to have troubling consequences for the spread and belief of rumors. "I think a lot of people will be surprised to learn that using the internet doesn't necessarily promote belief in rumors.  Many people seem to think that's...

2010-10-14 14:01:55

People who believe false rumors about the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York City not only are more likely to oppose that project "“ they are more likely to oppose building of a mosque in their own neighborhood. Researchers surveyed 750 Americans and asked them if they believed any of four rumors associated with the New York City mosque, all of which have been refuted. One of the rumors, for example, falsely says that that the proposed center is...