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Rumors I. Types of Rumors A. “Bogies” (Negative) reflect feared or anxiety provoking outcomes (Dread rumors) – Things that scare us. Designed to crate fear in people. Most common type of rumors. (75%) B. “Wedge drivers” intended to divide group loyalties or undermine relationships – to drive wedges between groups. Usually focused on the minority people. (18%) C. “Pipedreams” reflect desires and hopes – Things we would like to have happen. Reflects things we would like to happen (7%) Managing Rumors Anxiety – Try to relieve people’s anxieties. Ambiguity – Ambiguious situations…try to make up something to make sense of what happened. Information Importance – (ex. A professor leaving campus) Credibility (Plausibility of rumor) – Repetition: Physical cues. If you control one of these the rumor will dissipate. D. Characteristics 1. Speed – Rumors move fast. 2. Group Size – Correlated with group size. The smaller the group the more gossip.
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