Pomerantsev […] describes a “world of dark ads, psy-ops, hacks, bots, soft facts, fake news, deep fakes, brainwashing, trolls, ISIS, Putin. Trump,” where the author meets “Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, trolls and elves, ‘behavioral change’ salesmen and Infowar charlatans, Jihadi fan-boys, Identitarians, truth cops, and bot herders.” […]
Any radically new information technology alters human consciousness, and has the potential to promulgate disinformation amongst a credulous public not yet literate in the vagaries of the new order. Medieval manuscripts were no more accurate than websites; 14th-century readers of the anonymous The Travels of Sir John Mandeville thrilled to stories about dog-headed Cynocephalics, and two centuries later a rash of printed apocalyptic pamphlets, like the “English Nostradamus” Mother Shipton’s pseudographical prophecies, spread throughout Europe, driving paranoia as surely as Reddit and Twitter defuse QAnon conspiracy theories today. Yet Pomerantsev would be correct in saying that our current predicament is of a different kind, for unlike manuscript or print, our smartphones make us veritable cyborgs, creatures with super computers in our pockets who are continually, potentially connected by network to every other fellow cyborg in the world. This relativist consensus, an epistemic collapse that allows everyone to choose whatever truth is convenient to them, is a type of post-modern magical thinking.
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The repetitive sounds that irresistibly draw and saturate misophonics’ concentration can be likened to another contemporary phenomenon: push notifications, which are also designed to hijack attention. Misophonic triggers can feel like auditory dark patterns, as if they were deviously designed to distract us rather than being the incidental and inevitable sounds people make when going about their business.
Eine weitere Strategie gegen den Rebound-Effekt wurde nun in einem neuen Paper bestätigt: Gespräche, die ohne Wert-Urteile über die Haltung des Gegenübers geführt werden, führen zu weniger Blockadehaltungen, grade und vor allem bei emotional aufgeladenen Themen. No shit sherlock.
The rise of the public as a leading actor on the political stage, and the angry impulse to repudiate the established order, provide the theme for the 2010s. The decade ended in a flood tide of revolt—and the meaning of it all is up for grabs. The human race seems to be wandering in the wilderness, caught in a migration out of the industrial age to parts unknown. The public is trapped in a mesh of rejection and negation, unable to articulate positive demands. The elites face a dire choice: between reacting on behalf of the old order or leaping into the void of structural reform. Democratic institutions, adapted to a largely vanished era, continue to bleed authority and legitimacy at a dangerous rate.
Hier noch ein Podcast mit Gurri über „The American public’s relentless desire to destroy the established order without any clue about what comes next [and] How the rising tsunami of information is tied directly to increasing levels of social and political turbulence“: Why is everybody so damn angry?
Facebook commitment to free speech will ‘piss people off’, Zuckerberg says: “We’re going to stand up for free expression,” he said, apparently referring to the company’s decision to resist pressure to ban political ads because it would be too tough to determine the line between true and false content.
“It’s unfortunate that this is such a controversial thing,” Zuckerberg said, adding that critics of his stance are typically “people not at risk of being censored themselves”.