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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Missinformation

From a student:


If something is so untrue then why even worry about it? 25 Rules of Disinformation ~ 1. Hear no evil, see no evil,speak no evil 2. Become incredulous and indignant 3. Create rumor mongers 4. Use a straw man 5. Sidetrack opponents w name calling, ridicule 6. Hit and Run 7. Question motives 8. Invoke authority 9. Play Dumb 10. Associate opponent charges with old news 11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions 12. Enigmas have no solution 13. Alice in Wonderland Logic 14. Demand complete solutions 15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions 16. Vanish evidence and witnesses 17. Change the subject 18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad 19. Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs 20. False evidence 21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor 22. Manufacture a new truth 23. Create bigger distractions 24. Silence critics 25. Vanish

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look it's Glenn Beck and Bill O'reilly's handbook on how to do a show.

coastielema said...

"Anonymous said...Look it's Glenn Beck and Bill O'reilly's handbook on how to do a show. March 18, 2011 11:07 PM."

Or maybe Anonymous is invoking rule 18? Maybe a little of both 5 and 18?
Interesting???

Here's 18: Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can't do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how "sensitive they are to criticism".

Anonymous said...

I love this post. It cracked me up. Mostly because all of these rules are so true, and it is entertaining to observe peoples' reactions when miss informing takes place and the correlating rules are executed.
-Alexas Cota
COM 101

Anonymous said...

Fascinating rules! I personally like the first, one and only and so basic and true. It can't get any simpler and basic than that. I don't think that this one needs any explanation. Is too bad that most people don't know how to apply to use. We all should!

Marga Bechtel