Fake News: Disinformation, Deception, and Magical Thinking Over Time

Wild Man Conclusion

Questions for thought

How might this story play out differently today than it did in 1895? In Winsted, the media relied largely on verbal descriptions from Winsted residents. What difference would today's widespread photographic technology make?

Why do you think Winsted residents were so easily pulled into believing the Wild man story? The fantastical descriptions printed by the newspapers are almost laughable to us now, but in 1895 they sparked terror. How similar are Winsted residents to today's casual Big Foot believers?

Do you think it was socially irresponsible for Lou Stone to falsify news and get carried away with the Wild Man story? 


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