Do que vale o que se diz: o boato como categoria classificatória

Rui Simões

Resumo


O conceito de boato tem sido abordado, amiúde, sob dois
conjuntos de perspectivas predominantes: o primeiro,
centrado nos seus conteúdos e origens, discutindo-se ora
a verdade ou falsidade da matéria tratada, ora a razão
mítica ou arquetípica mais profunda, ora a natureza das
angústias e ansiedades que alimentam a sua reprodução;
o segundo discute o processo, analisando as etapas e
percursos de retransmissão, o trajecto de saturação do
meio, a latitude das suas transformações e a racionalidade
mecânica da redução e estabilização das suas versões.
Menos frequente, uma terceira leitura procura dar,
ainda, conta dos usos sociais e culturais do boato como
estratégias de avaliação, nas comunidades, do impacte da
informação emergente induzida. O presente trabalho visa
interrogar algumas destas abordagens, a persistência do
conceito e, como proposta de leitura, revisitar o seu uso,
ambivalente, como forma de classificação, reflectido-se
nesta a diversidade de poderes e interesses dos contextos
em que circula.


Palavras-chave


boato; controlo; resistência

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