Unformatted text preview: 1. Panics A panic is a massive flight from something that is feared . The 1938 radio show "War or the Worlds" is an example (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:426). 2. Craze A craze is an intense attraction to an object, person, or activity (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:426). An example is the cases where people flock to a region where someone is said to have seen a deity's face. D. Rumors Rumors are unverified information that is transmitted informally , usually originating in an unknown source (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:426). Example: Allport & Postman (1947) A white student is asked to study a photograph with one man menacing another. The student describes the picture to another who passes the information on to a third and so forth. At some point the information being passed along begins to reflect the commonly held beliefs of the students. As the information spread, the message came to reflect a picture when a black man was menacing a white man, but in fact the opposite was true....
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- Norm, Convention, Chambliss, Appelbaum