''The researchers also conclude that human behavior (attention to novel information) contributes more to the spread of false claims than bots do.
''Is there a take away for those of us who write eco-literature, either fiction or non-fiction? Apparently readers may be drawn to stories or books that surprise or startle them or that they find new. This may partly explain the success of dystopian and apocalyptic cli-fi set in the future.
''Of course, unusual settings and/or characters also draw readers’ attention. My next cli-fi mystery, “Secrets Haunt the Lobsters’ Sea”, ends when the protagonist (an oceanographer) views coral gardens deep in the Gulf of Maine in a submarine. (These gardens actually exist). I thought this was kind of “cool” but maybe surprising is a better descriptor. ''
See above quote from Mary.