Trump Controls the Message Because We Enable Him

by Paul Rosenberg edited by O Society August 4, 2019 "Bush Lied/People Died” is simple, cliché, and to the point: There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and no reason to invade. People paid for it with their lives. Iraq Body Count kept track of how many. Trump also lies in a fundamentally different … Continue reading Trump Controls the Message Because We Enable Him

How Marketing Reps Get Us All on Drugs

  by Martha Rosenberg edited by O Society August 2, 2019 Ninety-one people a day die from opioids and 1000 visit ERs in the US according to the CDC. How did opioid makers get such a deathly grip on the US population? Recently, the New York Times reported that the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company had … Continue reading How Marketing Reps Get Us All on Drugs

Self-Serving Bias & Locus of Control

edited by O Society May 25, 2019 https://youtu.be/NkpXMxt4f3s The self-serving bias is the tendency people have to seek out information and use it in ways that advance their self-interest. In other words, people often unconsciously make decisions that serve themselves in ways that other people might view as indefensible or unethical. Studies show that we … Continue reading Self-Serving Bias & Locus of Control

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

by Max Read Intelligencer Dec 26, 2018 In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered. Digital advertisers tend to want two things: people to look at their ads and “premium” websites — i.e., established and … Continue reading How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

New Study Reveals the Stealth Oligarchy

What billionaires want: the secret influence of America’s 100 richest A new study reveals how the wealthy engage in ‘stealth politics’: quietly advancing unpopular, inequality-exacerbating, highly conservative policies Guardian Oct 31, 2018 If we judge US billionaires by their most prominent fellows, they may seem to be a rather attractive bunch: ideologically diverse (perhaps even … Continue reading New Study Reveals the Stealth Oligarchy

The Man Who Studies the Spread of Ignorance

"We live in a world of radical ignorance." ~ Robert Proctor How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? There is a term which defines this phenomenon. By Georgina Kenyon BBC In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco industry was revealed to the public. Called the Smoking and Health … Continue reading The Man Who Studies the Spread of Ignorance

When CEOs Act Like Supervillians, Why Do People See Them As Heroes?

by Carl Rhodes and Peter Bloom Aeon October 19, 2018 On September 15th,  2008 the giant financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, starting a chain reaction that saw the global economy spiraling toward total collapse. The global financial crisis that ensued revealed just how fragile and unstable the world economic order really was. If there was ever a … Continue reading When CEOs Act Like Supervillians, Why Do People See Them As Heroes?