Rumour: Exposition of Underlying Moral Standards and Political Implications
By Julius Diamond
Have you ever been rumoured about? Those who have been rumoured about knows how painful it is. Rumour destroys reputations, and can drag one’s good name to the mud. It creates enmities between friends, family members, co-workers, husband and wife, as well as business partners.
A well strategized rumour can diminish patronage of a company’s product or service. Rumour can create tension, instability, and catastrophic damages to life and properties in a given society. The negative effect of rumour cannot be overemphasized, hence, the need to produce this book.
The rationale for writing this book is the need for a resourceful material that can aid individuals, public office-holders, academicians, academic and nonacademic institutions, organizations, as well as the public at large to understand what rumour is all about.
This book is written to educate the reader about rumour. The book gives a clear explanation of rumour, why it is bad to peddle unverified information, and the implication of spreading unverified information. The book also gives the reader keys on how to deal with negative rumour. Finally, this book brings to the public the understandings of how a politically motivated rumour can affect citizen’s behaviour.
The book exposes the underlying moral standards of rumour, the concept of rumour factualization, and the political implications of wedge driver rumour on the polity.
Foreword by Dr. Mrs. Betty-Ruth Ngozi Iruloh, (Former HOD Psychology Guidance & Counseling, University of Port Harcourt).