New Book on Rumors: Rumor and Communication in Asia in the Internet Age

Author, Greg Dalziel, opens the book with the pertinent quote: “Rumor, I believe, is a practical necessity of human existence. It is founded upon the human longing for knowledge; it ap peals to and satisfies that social instinct which has welded individuals into communities (Chadwick 1932; 8-9).” To be sure, this book explores the existence […]

China: No Rumor Tolerance

China has taken a strict stand against Internet users for posting what the government deems as irresponsible rumors. Defamatory messages are considered serious if they have a certain about of views or shares and the new rules prohibit blackmail, extortion, and argumentative or provoking language and actions. The Chinese government has been engaged in an […]

Too Attractive For City Council?

The Rumor: Nina Siahkali Moradi, Female Iranian Councillor was rumored to be disqualified from her post for being too attractive. The Backstory: Nina Siakhali Moradi, 27, is graduate student of architecture and recently ran for Qazvin’s City Council. However, her political career was cut short after religious conservatives ousted her position. She won more than […]

Letter from Daniel Bernardi, CEO

To our clients, colleagues, and friends: As a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, I was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Public Affairs Officer and witnessed firsthand the devastating effects rumors have as they gain traction across time, space, media, and coalesce with pertinent Master narratives. Similarly, while deployed on humanitarian missions across […]

Trump To Run For President?

The Rumor: As reported by Robert Costa of the National Review online on July 26, 2013, Donald Trump has confirmed his interest in running for the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Although early, reportedly Trump is preparing to but his business endeavors on hold to focus on the campaign. Trump is scheduled to travel to Ames, Iowa, […]

The FBI Has No Case Against Zimmerman

As rumors surround the George Zimmerman trial and verdict, the latest, according to the Miami Herald, is that allegedly the government’s own investigation team has already all by concluded there is not enough evidence for federal indictment of George Zimmermman. However, the Department of Justice has issued a statement of an open investigation of the […]

Banks Allegedly Spying On Customers

The United Kingdom’s Barclay’s Bank new customer agreement coming out this Fall allegedly will allow it to track customers location, use, and interests. Though reported to be for fraud prevention, rumors about banks “spying” have merged with the rumor family on governments spying on citizens.

Alleged NSA Surveillance Stirs Tensions in Brazil

As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, documents leaked to O Globo newspaper by Edward Snowden suggest the U.S. has monitored billions of Brazilian calls and emails. President Dilma Rousseff immediately condemned the action, while Brazilian politicians are calling for her to boycott her official visit to the U.S. scheduled for October 2013. This is a […]

Rumors abound about U.S. Embassy staffer being a spy

Ryan Fogle, a U.S. Diplomat is rumored to by a spy. Fogle who was said to have tried to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer was ordered to leave the country. Regardless of the truthfulness, this rumor is a classic example of a “wedge type” with the intent to instill distrust, suspicion, and a sense of unease […]