Recently, Craig Silverman posted a great article explaining why “the media is ineffective at dispelling false rumours.”
His article does a great job outlining how the media did a miserable job at educating the American public about the falseness of Sarah Pailin’s “Death Panels” claims.
For me the article really highlighted how traditional news media isn’t very good at accurately and meaningfully informing their audience in the first place – let alone debunking rumours that are already circulating in the public. When I mentioned this to Craig, he responded that my point is what he finds so unsettling about the all the evidence. Most importantly, and on this we agree, he feels that “We need to do better.”
Hopefully, OpenCan will provide a platform for us (from professional journalists to concerned citizens) to do better.