RussiaGate as Organised Distraction

RussiaGate and Propaganda Disinformation in the Age of Social Media by Oliver Barrett edited by O Society For over two years RussiaGate has accounted for a substantial proportion of all mainstream US media political journalism and, because US media have significant agenda-setting propulsion, of global media coverage as well. The timing has been catastrophic. The … Continue reading RussiaGate as Organised Distraction

New CNN Assange Smear Piece Is Amazingly Dishonest, Even For CNN

by Caitlin Johnstone edited by O Society July 17, 2019 CNN published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since the notoriously bogus Assange-Manafort report by The Guardian last year. It contains none of the “exclusive” documents which it claims substantiate its smears, relying solely on … Continue reading New CNN Assange Smear Piece Is Amazingly Dishonest, Even For CNN

Higher Intelligence And An Analytical Thinking Style Offer No Protection Against “The Illusory Truth Effect”

The Illusory Truth Effect – Our Tendency To Believe Repeated Claims Are More Likely To Be True by Matthew Warren British Psychology Digest edited by O Society June 26, 2019 It’s a trick politicians have long exploited: repeat a false statement often enough, and people will start believing it’s true. Psychologists name this phenomenon the “illusory truth effect”, … Continue reading Higher Intelligence And An Analytical Thinking Style Offer No Protection Against “The Illusory Truth Effect”

War Begets War… and Nothing Else

The U.S. government contains a terrible void where it ought to have sanity by Robert Koehler CommonDreams edited by O Society June 22, 2019 https://youtu.be/y2kyXN4ZVQg Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran . . . Thanks, John McCain! Let’s mix a little humor in with war. It’s so much easier to take when we do. By the … Continue reading War Begets War… and Nothing Else

Western Media are Key to Maintaining Syria Deception

by Jonathan Cook   edited by O Society By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province – their final holdout in Syria – should have been treated by the western media with a high degree of scepticism. That the … Continue reading Western Media are Key to Maintaining Syria Deception

Calling Bullshit: Is More Information Making Us Less Reasonable?

by James McWilliams Pacific Standard edited by O Society April 17, 2019 A class on "calling bullshit" offered at the University of Washington teaches the proliferation of algorithms and data makes misinformation more widespread. To prepare themselves for future success in the American workforce, today's college students are increasingly choosing courses in business, biomedical science, engineering, … Continue reading Calling Bullshit: Is More Information Making Us Less Reasonable?