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Nothing is True in the Chaos Dimension

Title: Nothing is True in the Chaos Dimension: A Theory of Disinformation and Information Environments.
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Name(s): Kabrich, Conner Lane, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2019-04-24
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis presents an overview of the current research of online disinformation and outlines a survey experiment in which individuals were randomly sorted into one of three treatments where they received a series of true and false information. Subjects were either sorted into one of two ideologically consistent environments or into a chaotic information environment comprising a random mix of the contents of the ideologically consistent environments. The results showed that individuals use motivated reasoning to accept false information when it is consistent with their prior beliefs, and that this reinforces their beliefs. When presented information inconsistent with their prior beliefs, individuals do not use motivated reasoning, but are instead able to distinguish between the true and false information, using the true information to update their beliefs. Finally, when presented with a chaotic mix of ideologically inconsistent information, individuals will tend not accept any information, regardless of their ideological priors. Subsequently, prior beliefs are not reinforced or updated.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1556304059_31a2d814 (IID)
Keywords: Disinformation, Information environment
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1556304059_31a2d814
Host Institution: FSU

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Kabrich, C. L. (2019). Nothing is True in the Chaos Dimension: A Theory of Disinformation and Information Environments. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1556304059_31a2d814