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Title: URBAN LEGENDS


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URBAN LEGENDS
  • Have always been around
  • Internet has magnified their influence

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3 Types of Rumors that emerge following a
catastrophe
  • Wish-fulfillment Rumors
  • Bogey Rumors
  • Wedge-driving Rumors

3
Wish Fulfillment
  • Old man "surfs" 80 stories
  • Bin Laden dying of liver cancer

4
Bogey
  • Based on fear
  • Anthrax attacks
  • Satan in trade tower smoke

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Wedge-driving
  • Based on hate
  • 4,000 Jews didn't show up for work
  • Arab gas-station attendants seen celebrating

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Why we believe them
  • Looking for understanding / certainty
  • Need for stability
  • Need for happy ending
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