Spring 2023: Myths that Kill: Lies, Damn Lies, and Urban Myth
Deadline for Queries: October 15, 2022
Full papers: December 1, 2022
Publication date: February 29, 2023
Urban myth, internet rumors, social media memes, deliberate falsification of information in the media: these all have real world impact. These past several years we have witnessed how a rumor or a myth that contains false information can spread and do serious harm to communities and individuals; how some are deliberately spread by political parties and how others seem to come from nowhere and take on a life of their own. From the insurrection of 1/6/21 to Youtube pseudoscience concerning AIDS, COVID-19, Ebola, and cancer, to religious fakery, theocratic power mongering, and campaigns of oppression and genocide against those who are perceived as different and “the other”. This issue will be devoted to how these myths spread and how they harm people, places, other living creatures, communities, and democracy itself.
How do reasonable people and organizations confront and counter these myths? How does a society, a community, or a country?
Topics to consider:
- Countering “viral” rumors and memes
- The role of AI and social media news feeds in spreading myth
- Case histories
- Oral stories and traditions that caused harm pre- and post internet
- The myth of the savior-hero and the “great man” in political movements and religious cults.
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