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12/20/2011

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Susan Rink

Excellent advice! I'm always amused/appalled by people who simply parrot what they have heard on talk radio (either left- or right-leaning) rather than do some quick research on an issue before passing on an inflammatory email or posting a comment on a blog or Facebook page. This is even more damaging in the workplace, when unsubstantiated claims are passed on through the grapevine.

Lucien Canton

Thanks for your comments, Susan. We've always had problems with rumors and misinformation. I think what's changing is the speed with which bad info can propagate via social media. On the other hand, as a colleague of mine recently commented, our ability to recognize and correct bad info has also increased. Sadly, not too many people seem to take advantage of this.

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