Re: Allport & Postman's "The Psychology of Rumor" (1947)

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Tue 17 Feb 2004 - 01:02:50 GMT

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    At 08:32 PM 16/02/04 +0000, derek wrote:
    >Just come across an amazing old book. Allport GW &
    >Postman L (1947) The Psychology of Rumor. Henry Holt
    >& Co., New York. Just about everything you would want
    >to know about fast acting verbal behavioural contagions.

    Back in 1996 on alt.memetics I wrote:

    "I once saw something like this in (I think) a book called Rumor. I have a copy of this page somewhere. It was a visual/drawing version of the game
    "telephone." It stared with a rather stylized drawing of an owl which was serial copied by a number of people. The drawing degenerated in a few panels with the hand copy process to something very hard to figure out, and then jumped to become a cat. After that, the rest of the panels were clearly cats.

    "There is a name for stable attractors of this sort, but I can't think of it at the moment."

    Could you take a quick look through the book and see if this has the owl to cat page? If it does, I sure would appreciate your making a jpg of the page.

    Keith Henson

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