Saturday, August 7, 2010

FUD Do you perpetuate or eradicate?

FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt or Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation
Do you perpetuate or educate to eradicate this acronym?

From Wikipedia:  "FUD is generally a strategic attempt to influence public perception by disseminating negative and dubious/false information designed to undermine the credibility of their beliefs.

The Wikipedia FUD article also addresses:  Definition, Contemporary examples, Real estate agents, Security industry and profession, Non-computer uses, References, and External links.

FUD is addressed in some dissertations I have been reading and reflective thoughts are conjured up of individuals with coercive leadership styles who perpetuate this acronym. These individuals range from community members, parents, educators, administrators, and church leaders, who continue to ban technology for no other reason than, "I said so" or "I am in charge and that is my final decision."

How do you deal with those who perpetuate FUD? How do we help others to think critically about the FUD factors?  Do you perpetuate or educate others to eradicate FUD?  Would you challenge your learners to update this Wikipedia entry on FUD?

Comments, recommendations, and solutions are always welcome.
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