Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002
 
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OPINIONS

Disinformation went too far

Gazette recieves first love letter

Recombobulator

Disinformation went too far

Re: Holocaust ad, Feb. 5



To the Editor:

On Tuesday a classified advertisement appeared in The Gazette referring to Holocaust denial. The ad was placed in The Gazette by myself and other group members doing a class project on disinformation.

Disinformation is the intentional skewing of information for the purpose of deceit. Disinformation includes a vast group of topics, ranging from something as simple an e-mail chain letter promising bad luck to the extreme of Holocaust denial.

In no way are we affiliated with Holocaust denial or any group that supports this way of thinking. The part of our project using the information gathered from the advertisement focuses on the blurring of the lines of information.

The ad was placed for the sole purpose of proving that people do believe in disinformation. The resulting e-mails would be counted and presented as a statistic proving or disproving the theory that people will and do believe in disinformation.

After this evidence was collected, I, along with the group, intended to present the findings to the class in order to support our argument. We attempted to word the advertisement in such a way that it would not offend people. However, due to the nature of the ad, we understand the anger and frustration that followed.

For those that took offense to the advertisement, we apologize.

Michael Butcher

Media, Information and Technoculture III


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