What’s Real In A Virtual World …?

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… and How Do Radio and TV React?


In late December, a Wichita man named Andrew Finch looked out his front door and saw a SWAT team. He opened the door to see what was going on, and the police shot and killed him. The police thought they were coming to the rescue in a murder-hostage situation, but it was a horrible mistake. There was no emergency.

How did this happen? Is “fake news” to blame? Or, is this the result of something else? Bret Swanson, president of Entropy Economics LLC and a scholar at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, does his best to answer these questions — and how radio and TV might help in preventing errors that lead to death and/or panic in this Media Information Bureau column.

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