About America’s biological attack on the Ukraine army

Summary: This month's hot undernews concerns the small epidemic in Ukraine, said to be caused by release of the California Flu from a US research lab. Here we do the usual diagnostic, tracing the story from its origin as propaganda by rebels to its appearance as exciting news on popular websites. How many people have … Continue reading About America’s biological attack on the Ukraine army

The rumors about a US strike are proven wrong, again.

Summary:   How many internet websites would go dark should Americans become descriminating consumers of information, if silly rumors no longer attracted large audiences?  Fortunately for them, that's not likely to happen soon. The rumors of a massive gathering of US naval forces were hyped on dozens of websites.  Such as Zero Hedge:  Awesome hyping of routine carrier … Continue reading The rumors about a US strike are proven wrong, again.

Anatomy of a rumor, showing how the Internet can make us dumber

To understand the Internet, watch how rumors spread.  Too many people evaluate stories by how well they match their preconceptions.  Since few "nodes" on the Internet bother to check sources -- or even care about sources -- the Internet often makes us dumber.   Today we examine a rumor spreading like wildfire on the Internet, on a subject of … Continue reading Anatomy of a rumor, showing how the Internet can make us dumber