9/11, JFK, Sandy Hoax, Boston Bombings – why do people fall for false narratives? Dilbert’s dad offers a profound thought, one that I cannot find referenced elsewhere.
Scot Adams made this fascinating point:“The things that really capture peoples’ imaginations are the things that are false” because if you have a news story that says “a politician’s budget doesn’t add up”, people say “that’s nothing, that’s not news, that’s not new”. But if you say “maybe he waited a nonosecond too long to denounce the ‘KKK’, well probably that’s based on something that’s not real – he’s probably not a racist – he probably has some reason he paused, who knows, maybe it was his earpiece or he was just thinking of something else. But the things that capture the imagination are the things that are most likely to “not be true” because that’s what makes it interesting – its the (hand bites dog story).
A rare blood infection has killed 18 people across Wisconsin — and officials have no idea where it’s coming from.Federal and state investigators are working to pinpoint the source of the outbreak of Elizabethkingia, a bacterial bloodstream infection.