Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Reality Overated? Or, we don't need no stinking facts...

By MAX FISHER on July 13, 2010 11:48am

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In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger. ... Instead of changing their minds to reflect the correct information, they can entrench themselves even deeper.

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