Hurricane Hoaxes and Confused Reporting

Friday, November 02, 2012


The 24-hour news cycle and social media provided consumers with up to the minute images and information about the toll of Sandy. Too bad some of those images and information were both woefully incorrect and deliberately misleading. Brooke and Bob talk to the New Jersey Record's John Brennan and Salon's Laura Miller about how disasters plunge us into a media mix of the real, the unreal, and the unknown.


John Brennan and Laura Miller

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Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone

Comments [2]

What? Like this is ok? What about the limits of free speech (I remember in a law class that yelling fire in a theater was not acceptable and could lead to harm getting the person who yelled this in legal trouble)....but because it is on the net it is ok?

No, it is not ok. yeah, yeah, yeah... I get the idea that being anonymous provide cover for petty mean persons. But, hey, don't encourgage this riff raffery....and don't just excuse it by saying that "well, you can never really cover the world, or an incident, or a distaster or....." Cause then you are saying that there are NO STANDARDS for truth.

I kept thinking that this was a spoof segment. Sadly, it wasn't.

Nov. 17 2012 07:53 PM
Mark Troyer from Saugatuck, Michigan

I was very interested in your conversation about the misinformation being posted to various sources during Hurricane Sandy and the responses and defenses of those posts/tweets. I've been in the Internet industry for a long time and have been following these trends as an observer for much of that time and I think the most succinct summary of it was codified as a theory in 2004 by the long-running Internet comic strip Penny Arcade -

Some of the text of the theory isn't exactly radio friendly, but the basic formula is Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Bad Behavior. In the years since that was published I've seen it proven over and over again.

Mark Troyer.

Nov. 05 2012 09:31 AM

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