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Chapter 18. Business Ethics, Rumors, and... > Rumor Mills and Grapevines

Rumor Mills and Grapevines

Two popular expressions have become associated with the circulation of rumors. One is rumor mill. This familiar expression implies that rumors, like grain being processed in a mill, are turned out regularly in large numbers, altered, and circulated within the confines of a certain group or organization. Workers who are information collectors are all too frequently the chief providers of grist for the rumor mills.

The second popular expression is grapevine, which means an unofficial, confidential, person-to-person chain of verbal communication. The grapevine can best be viewed as an underground network that operates within an organization. The rumor mill may get the message started, but the grapevine keeps it moving. The grapevine has the reputation of operating without official sanction, and usually the information transmitted has an aura of secrecy.


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