The Psychology of Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

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Want to learn more about the psychology behind fake news and conspiracy theories?

Join us for our masterclass webinar on 1 May at 6pm.

In this webinar, our Social Psychology lecturer Dr Daniel Jolley will discuss why people believe in fake news and conspiracy theories and what effect this has on society.

You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/2P2T0l4

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That's a very good thing to do, here are a few suggestions of Fake News worth considering:

Saddam Hussein is sitting on a chemical arsenal and could wipe us all out in 45 minutes.

The Steele report in its entirety, widely publicised by the MSM.

Manaforte and Assange meeting at the Ecuador embassy (from The Guardian).

The Russian collusion with Trump fake news, disseminated by every outlet in the US and over here. Fox News were right all along, it was all a load of malicious crap.

The No Deal scenario and the way everyone will have hair growing in funny places if it happens.

There is no humanitarian crisis at the US Southern Border, that it's all in Trump's head.

We have 12 years left to save the planet.

This could go on and on, the falsehoods perpetrated by the media are endless. Somehow, I get a feeling that none of those will make the grade. Can we have an example of what you regard as 'fake news', before signing up?
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That's a very good thing to do, here are a few suggestions of Fake News worth considering:

Saddam Hussein is sitting on a chemical arsenal and could wipe us all out in 45 minutes.

The Steele report in its entirety, widely publicised by the MSM.

Manaforte and Assange meeting at the Ecuador embassy (from The Guardian).

The Russian collusion with Trump fake news, disseminated by every outlet in the US and over here. Fox News were right all along, it was all a load of malicious crap.

The No Deal scenario and the way everyone will have hair growing in funny places if it happens.

There is no humanitarian crisis at the US Southern Border, that it's all in Trump's head.

We have 12 years left to save the planet.

This could go on and on, the falsehoods perpetrated by the media are endless. Somehow, I get a feeling that none of those will make the grade. Can we have an example of what you regard as 'fake news', before signing up?
Hi z-hog

Thanks for your suggestions. I'll put these to Dan so he can consider them for the webinar.

I'll also get in touch to get an answer to your query and pop the response back on here when I have it.

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Hi z-hog

Thanks for your suggestions. I'll put these to Dan so he can consider them for the webinar.

I'll also get in touch to get an answer to your query and pop the response back on here when I have it.

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Hi again z-hog

Just a quick one to say I've just heard that this lecturer is out of the office until next week so there might be a bit of a delay getting back to you on the above query.

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Moved to Society.
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Hi again z-hog

Just a quick one to say I've just heard that this lecturer is out of the office until next week so there might be a bit of a delay getting back to you on the above query.

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Thanks for your reply, I merely wanted to add some suggestions on the topic of fake news and no reply is required. Best of luck for everyone.
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The BBC reporting that during the miners strike at orgreave, mounted police baton charged unarmed miners in response to having Stones thrown at them.
The truth was the other way round.
Miners threw Stones at the police in response to being baton charged.
BBC new this and it took them over 10 yearsThe to tell the truth.
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Why do people have a hard time believing conspiracies that turn out to be true? Is it a problem of cognitive dissonance?
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People believe stuff because it might be true. There really are actual conspiracies to get the public to believe something that isn't the most accurate representation of the truth for all sorts of political and financial reasons. There's confirmation bias in there too, but you'd be a fool to trust politicians and the media don't want to influence public opinion.
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(Original post by Staffordshire University)
Want to learn more about the psychology behind fake news and conspiracy theories?

Join us for our masterclass webinar on 1 May at 6pm.

In this webinar, our Social Psychology lecturer Dr Daniel Jolley will discuss why people believe in fake news and conspiracy theories and what effect this has on society.

You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/2P2T0l4

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There are conspiracy theories and are true but as someone else noted theres confirmation bias
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https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/0...ruton-scandal/
Fake news.
The duplicitous sleight of hand by the NS to bring down Sir Roger Scruton.
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Thanks for your reply, I merely wanted to add some suggestions on the topic of fake news and no reply is required. Best of luck for everyone.
Hi z-hog

In relation to your last query, I've spoken to the lecturer who said that in the webinar he'll be speaking quite broadly about fake news, and the psychology of fake news and conspiracy theories - rather than looking at specific examples of fake news in depth. I hope that helps.

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