Youtuber-Schlägerei am Alex; Fast Food Eating-Contests von Mukbang-Familien; Instagrams Verschwörungs-Rabbit-Hole [Meldungen Memetischer Synchronisationsleistungen #002]

Berlin: Streit unter YouTubern führt zu Massenschlägerei auf Alexanderplatz: „Wir sehen in der Rapperszene und zunehmend auch bei anderen Influencern, dass sie teilweise sehr fahrlässig mit ihrem Einfluss umgehen und es scheinbar Mode wird, ganz bewusst Pulverfässer aufzumachen, um mehr Follower, Abonnenten und Klicks zu generieren“, sagte GdP-Landeschef Norbert Cioma am Freitag.

Interessante Visualisierung politischer Youtube-Channel und den Video-Recommendations. Laut diesen Daten ist die These des „rechten Youtube-Rabbitholes durch Empfehlungsalgorithmus“ zumindest quantitativ nicht haltbar.

The Eerie Absence Of Viral Fakes After The New Zealand Mosque Attacks: The shooter’s media plan was so comprehensive, and his content spread so quickly, that there was little room for fakes to fill the void.

‘I did it for the LULZ’: How the dark personality predicts online disinhibition and aggressive online behavior in adolescence Thats not very surprising is it.

Hate crimes increased 226% in places Trump held a campaign rally in 2016, study claims Thats not very surprising either.

Michael Seemann über das Wikipedia-Modell als Vorbild für eine digitale Gesellschaft und die Studie Wisdom of Polarized Crowds (über die ich hier gebloggt hatte): „Die Wikipedia ist nicht nur Ausdruck einer Krise der digitalen Gesellschaft, sie ist auch die Lösung. Wie genau diese aussehen wird, müssen wir erst herausfinden, aber das Einbinden der Tribes in gemeinsame Projekte, scheint ein Teil davon zu sein.“

Videoplattforms seem to trigger something like a collective “eating contest” for fame and money: Strange rise of mukbang parents who feed their kids fast food for cash.

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments: Sophisticated surveillance, once the domain of world powers, is increasingly available on the private market. Smaller countries are seizing on the tools — sometimes for darker purposes.

Russian hackers are targeting European governments ahead of May election, FireEye says

Earth is (always has been) round, so why have the flat-out wrong become so lively?: Every fringe theorist needs an amplifier—used to be the penny press; today it’s the Web.

Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate

When Alex, now a high-school senior, saw an Instagram account he followed post about something called QAnon back in 2017, he’d never heard of the viral conspiracy theory before. But the post piqued his interest, and he wanted to know more. So he did what your average teenager would do: He followed several accounts related to it on Instagram, searched for information on YouTube, and read up on it on forums.

A year and a half later, Alex, who asked to use a pseudonym, runs his own Gen Z–focused QAnon Instagram account, through which he educates his generation about the secret plot by the “deep state” to take down Donald Trump. “I was just noticing a lack in younger people being interested in QAnon, so I figured I would put it out there that there was at least one young person in the movement,” he told me via Instagram direct message. He hopes to “expose the truth about everything corrupt governments and organizations have lied about.” Among those truths: that certain cosmetics and foods contain aborted fetal cells, that the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash was a hoax, and that the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings were staged.

Instagram is teeming with these conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, and extremist memes, all daisy-chained together via a network of accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of collective followers—many of whom, like Alex, are very young. These accounts intersperse TikTok videos and nostalgia memes with anti-vaccination rhetoric, conspiracy theories about George Soros and the Clinton family, and jokes about killing women, Jews, Muslims, and liberals. […]

Jack, a 16-year-old who asked to be referred to by a pseudonym to protect his identity, has learned a lot about politics through Instagram. In 2020, he’ll be able to vote for the first time, and so he recently started following some new Instagram pages to bone up on issues facing the country. “I try to follow both sides just to see what everyone’s thinking,” he said. While he’s struggled to find many compelling pages on the left, he said he’s learned a lot from following large conservative Instagram meme pages such as @dc_draino and @the_typical_liberal, which has nearly 1 million followers and claims to be “saving GenZ one meme at a time.” Recent posts include a joke about running over protesters in the street, an Infowars video posted to IGTV, and a meme about feminists being ugly. “It’s important to have The Typical Liberal and DC Draino to expose the [media’s] lies, so we can formulate our own opinions,” Jack told me.

A “robot” doctor told a patient he was dying. It might not be the last time.
Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good:

Life for anyone but the very rich — the physical experience of learning, living and dying — is increasingly mediated by screens.

Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a screen in (classrooms, hospitals, airports, restaurants) can cut costs. And any activity that can happen on a screen becomes cheaper. The texture of life, the tactile experience, is becoming smooth glass.

The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them. Conspicuous human interaction — living without a phone for a day, quitting social networks and not answering email — has become a status symbol.

All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.

BBC scores first interview with one of 13 ‘Russian trolls’ indicted by Robert Mueller last year Mueller may not have found any proof against Trump, but the russian „Trolls“ are still a thing and here’s some insights:

Throughout the interview, Polozov simultaneously denies and celebrates the IRA’s exploits in American cyberspace. He says he doesn’t believe the IRA ever existed as a coherent project with explicit goals, but he welcomes the idea of a “troll factory” dedicated to Russia’s geopolitical agenda, “broadcasting positivity, not negativity.” When the BBC asked Polozov about the IRA’s alleged creation of an online blacklist used to dox oppositionists and independent journalists (resulting in several violent attacks), he insisted that no one he ever worked with was involved in anything so negative or political.

While maintaining the IRA’s scattered, virtually nonexistent structure, Polozov also acknowledges that he worked closely with Mikhail Burchik, whom U.S. officials have identified as a senior executive at the IRA who participated directly in its interference efforts. Polozov also verifies the authenticity of emails leaked in 2014 by the “Anonymous International” group, which mention multiple IRA-linked figures later indicted by the U.S. Justice Department. These records indicate that Polozov was helping the agency automate comments posted on LiveJournal by reversing similarity-detection algorithms created to recognize plagiarism.

The Burning Man Fallacy: Overwhelming by Outrage.

the rhetorical strategy is to enable the aggregation of outrageous commitments to overwhelm. We’ve already termed the strategy of overwhelming an opponent or audience with ideas, arguments, objections, and proposals as swamping, and the burning man uses much of the same strategy. Instead of one particular line of higher quality reasoning, the sheer quantity of claims, combined with the intensity of outrage that they provoke, takes on a quality of its own.

The burning man, then, not only distracts from the actual claims and arguments given by particular interlocutors, it’s also a way of preventing oneself (and one’s audience) from even hearing those claims and arguments in their non-distorted forms.

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