The Encyclopedia of Misinformation
Booklist Reviews 2018 May #2
Sorgatz's first book uses a broad definition of misinformation, including Clark Rockefeller and the Cardiff Giant alongside gerrymandering, laugh tracks, internet trolls, Slenderman, Photoshopping, and strategery. He addresses current concepts like alternative facts, and internet deep dives like the Berenstain Bears conspiracy. Accompanied by Lorenzo Petrantoni's illustrations, the writing is lively and designed for browsing—there's no index, and the footnotes are mostly jokes. (The fact that it is bookended by two fake interviews with Fresh Air's Terry Gross should give you a sense of the tone.) Occasional salty language and pop-culture references make this compendium of 300 short entries a delightful mix of high- and lowbrow. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2018 July #1
Unlike purposeful deception, misinformation encompasses perhaps equally disconcerting yet distinct areas including conspiracy theories, Frankenfood, and plastic surgery. Readers will find half-page entries on fanfic, mimicry, and the Streisand effect.