I was trawling the internet looking for advice on how to better write a blogpost I'm putting together on
and came across this great guide on how to approach writing about myths and avoiding making it worse by not being careful about what and how you write.
Cook, J., Lewandowsky, S. (2011), The Debunking Handbook. St. Lucia, Australia: University of Queensland. November 5. ISBN 978-0-646-56812-6. [http://sks.to/debunk]
You can download the PDF
The authors give three really handy tips on effective debunking, which I'll be sure to keep in mind whenever I am writing.
- The refutation must focus on core facts rather than the myth to avoid the misinformation becoming more familiar.
- Any mention of a myth should be preceded by explicit warnings to notify the reader that the upcoming information is false.
- The refutation should include an alternative explanation that accounts for important qualities in the original misinformation.