Embry-Riddle Newsroom: Fiction May Offer Clues to Fake News Impacts

Embry-Riddle Newsroom: Fiction May Offer Clues to Fake News Impacts. “In Philip K. Dick’s 1969 science fiction novel Ubik, the Hollis Corporation sets an explosive trap for members of rival Runciter Associates after Runciter tries to convince the public that their privacy is threatened by psychic Hollis employees. ‘Runciter’s propaganda campaign is a perfect example of brainwashing,’ said rising sophomore Ethan Hale, an engineering physics student in the Honors Program on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. ‘In the book, Runciter’s ads are all over the place – on matchboxes and TVs every hour. People start to fear Hollis, and in turn, people gaslight each other through peer pressure so that everyone thinks the same way.'”

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