Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends, and Rumors in a Time of Crisis

A WISE conversation

A listing of links mentioned in the talk that you find useful.

BACKGROUND ARTICLES

“UN tackles ‘infodemic’”

https://www.un.org/en/un-coronavirus-communications-team/un-tackling-%E2%80%98infodemic%E2%80%99-misinformation-and-cybercrime-covid-19

Uscinski & A. Enders, “The Coronavirus Conspiracy Boom” (The Atlantic)

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/what-can-coronavirus-tell-us-about-conspiracy-theories/610894/

“About three-in-ten Americans believe COVID-19 was created in a lab” (Pew Research Center)

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/04/08/nearly-three-in-ten-americans-believe-covid-19-was-made-in-a-lab/ft_20-04-01_covidlab_01b/

“Top Ten Current Conspiracy Theories” (Alliance for Science)

https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/04/covid-top-10-current-conspiracy-theories/

FACT-CHECKING SITES & RELIABLE INFORMATION

Snopes (fact-checking and rumor control)

snopes.com

Associated Press fact check

https://apnews.com/Fact-checking

FEMA Rumor control

https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/rumor-control

World Health Organization “myth busters”

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

CDC  “Stop the spread of rumors”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/share-facts.html

Factcheck.org

https://www.factcheck.org/hot-topics/

New Jersey State Library Guide — facts

https://libguides.njstatelib.org/facts

 

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Last updated May 12, 2020