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ADS-L Digest - 12 Jun 1998 to 13 Jun 1998 98-06-14 00:00:07
There are 5 messages totalling 310 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Glass
2. There's a Spy in your midst (2)
3. Rock and Roll (continued)
4. Trucking


Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 00:06:24 -0400
From: Alice Faber
Subject: Re: Glass

Bethany said:

| NPR is doing a report on Glass (who fabricated the anecdotes in The New
| Republic and others pubs) right now -- one person spoke of the fabricated
| anecdotes as false "on their face." I remain interested in knowing about
| research detailng how we know that anecdotes are false "on their face" --
| is this a possible diss. topic for some sharp student?

I suspect that at least one contributing factor in the case of Glass'
fabrications, and those others (e.g., the Washington Post stories about drug
sales withing sight of the Capitol), is a basic belief that these publications
check their facts and that if it's in the newspaper, it must be so. Or,
alternatively, you can't believe anything you read in the paper, because the
liberal (or conservative, take your pick) powers don't want you to know what's
really going on.

That being said, I think it would be very interesting to read the New Republic
pieces that we now know were fabricated to see if there are internal features
that *should* have made it obvious that there was a problem with the accuracy
of the articles.

I suspect also that if there is research concerning people's willingness to
form and hold beliefs that are contradicted by very simple observation, it
will be in the field of social psychology.

Alice Faber