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The Hyper-Tipping Point

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 22, 2016. 3 Replies

What’s really driving Climate Change Denial? Finger the Earth/internet threads.To touch the nerve center of our hyper-networked reality, step out of three nested boxes.Grasp that at 7 1/2 billion,…Continue

Tags: Climate Destabilization, meme evolution

You are social media's product

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 19, 2016. 6 Replies

Oliver Luckett argues that we're isolated with like-minded people in Facebook or Google because they're packaging us for sale to advertisers. Since such structure drives polarization and division,…Continue

Tags: information bubbles, humanity as a product for advertisers, social media, memes

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 15, 2017 at 1:55pm

A Russian journalist advises how press conferences with an authoritarian bullshitter go.

'Welcome to the Era of BS': A Message to My Doomed Colleagues in th...

Threats. Intimidation. Endless lying. I've watched Vladimir Putin pull all the same tricks and stunts.

These things are carefully choreographed ... and Putin always comes off as an omniscient and benevolent leader tending to a flock of unruly but adoring children. Given that Putin is probably a role model for Trump, it’s no surprise that he’s apparently taking a page from Putin’s playbook.

I’m talking about Putin here, but see if you can apply any of the below to your own leader.

Facts don’t matter. You can’t hurt this man with facts or reason. He’ll always outmaneuver you. He’ll always wriggle out of whatever carefully crafted verbal trap you lay for him. Whatever he says, you won’t be able to challenge him. He always comes with a bag of meaningless factoids (Putin likes to drown questions he doesn’t like in dull, unverifiable stats, figures and percentages), platitudes, false moral equivalences and straight, undiluted bullshit. [emphasis mine]

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 11, 2017 at 3:32pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on January 10, 2017 at 11:53pm

A suggestion for January 20, tRump's inauguration day: if you have cable or satellite, tune your TVs to other channels (rather than leaving them off) to reduce tRump's viewership percentage.

(via Marie Titus on Twitter)

(I read that if your TV is connected with an HDMI cable, the cable/satellite box can tell whether the TV is on or off. Probably not whether it's muted, though.)

I'll put in a plug and suggest public television stations!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 6, 2017 at 12:56pm

Bad news about a Twitter platform with such a reputable-sounding name and affiliation being simply another fountain of denial and misinformation!

Related to the incoming Denier-in-Chief / Twit(terer)-in-Chief / Popular Vote Loser / Kleptocrat-in-Chief: in addition to the privately run, freemium-model "Donald Trump Complete" archive, promising searches of comprehensive video transcriptions and deleted tweets, among other things, the Internet Archive (a.k.a. the Wayback Machine) has just launched a Trump Archive, "with 700+ televised speeches, interviews, debates, and other news broadcasts related to President-elect Donald Trump, created using the Internet Archive’s TV News Archive."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 5, 2017 at 7:55pm

House Science Committee’s Twitter Account Is Now Just Another Clima...


 ...there’s a new addition to the climate science denial trollerati — the Twitter account of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space,....

The @HouseScience Twitter handle has been pushing out partisan talking points and attacking “climate alarmists” in a series of posts in recent months.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 20, 2016 at 11:06pm

(Doonesbury comic strip) Trump giving a press conference: “Whether it’s the failing New York Times or the dishonest Washington Post, these are NOT good people! So sleazy!” “The mainstream media are slime, okay? You should be ashamed of all your horrible, false stories!” “Okay, I’ll take one question! Brietbart!” Reporter in the back, in KKK regalia complete with hood: “Thank you, sir! Is this transition great or what?” Trump: “See, THAT’S a beautiful question! Like unbelievably fair!”(click to enlarge)

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2016 at 3:56pm

Returning from a power outage. I should send my UPS in for repairs.
IQ2 has some interesting debates.
I don't like the following because the term Elites wasn't properly defined.

The editorial header still isn't working so Here's the information:
Published on Sep 16, 2016
The elites of both parties have expressed contempt for Donald Trump, and Trump has succeeded in part by channeling his voters’ contempt for the elites. Does support for Trump reflect an uninformed populism and misplaced anger by a large swath of the American electorate? Or have the elites failed to empathize with their struggles, and failed to craft effective policies to help them cope?

Timothy Carney, Senior Political Columnist, Washington Examiner & Visiting Fellow, AEI
Ben Domenech, Publisher, The Federalist & Host, The Federalist Radio Hour

Jennifer Rubin, Author, The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” Blog
Bret Stephens, Deputy Editor, Editorial Page and “Global View” columnist, The Wall Street Journal

MODERATOR: John Donvan
It's ~ 1:43:51 and provides some interesting viewpoints.
the title of the debate:

Blame the Elites for the Trump Phenomenon (Full Debate)
I can't embed it so here's the link

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 13, 2016 at 5:08pm

To me this image represents the takeover by fake news.

image source

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2016 at 8:56am

Interesting article in the Guardian

Meme warfare: how the power of mass replication has poisoned the US election

Spread from the bottom up, political memes are now a form of propaganda – and it’s killing our ability to intelligently orchestrate a political conversation

The upshot:

The tools we use to communicate are becoming counterproductive to actual communication.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2016 at 2:51pm many sub-sub-cultures that are emerging on the internet can't deal with reality, but only with their favorite "facts"/beliefs/wishful-thinking.

Related: news, search, and information "bubbling", "helpfully" showing us only what we "want" to see based on past searches and clicks, reinforcing confirmation bias in a vicious cycle.

(And producing valuable data to sell to advertisers!)

Sometimes media and internet companies slip:

Horrible Facebook Algorithm Accident Results In Exposure To New Ideas (The Onion)

“To those who were forced to read a headline they did not agree with when they visited Facebook yesterday, we are deeply sorry. [...] I want all Facebook users to know that you’ll never again encounter any ideas on our site that are in any way novel or ideologically challenging to you.”

Also, some good explanations and great illustrations about "The Filter Bubble" at

"Soon search engines became data monsters, spying on our searches in order to learn our secrets."

"Soon, instead of cruising the Super Highway...
You're trapped in a special interest ghetto."


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