Stories used as weapons in war: rumors function as improvised explosive devices

Navy pays for rumor research

“Like their explosive cousins, rumors can be created and planted by nearly anybody, require limited resources to utilize, can be deadly for those in its direct path, and can instill fear,” said Bernardi, a Naval Reserve officer who served 10 months in Iraq and six months in the Pacific.
He calls them a “low-cost, low-tech weapon.”

Credit: The Anomalist

The project head envisions what sounds like a “Snopes.com” for rumors. That, of course, assumes that people will WANT to check for the truth. The problem is, these rumors feed a deeper need to justify actions. And people may not really want to know what is fake to further their agendas. But, really interesting project.