Supposedly we spent more than three years preparing for an information apocalypse. Why couldn’t we stop it with the coronavirus? by Craig Silverman edited by O Society May 25, 2020 Two years ago, a video of former president Barack Obama calling President Donald Trump a “total and complete dipshit” was uploaded to YouTube. As the shock … Continue reading the Information Apocalypse is Already Here and Reality is a Loser
No matter the details of the plot, conspiracy theories follow common patterns of thought by John Cook edited by O Society May 21, 2020 A sign of the times: a disinformation video called Plandemic recently went viral. Despite being taken down by YouTube and Facebook, it continues to get uploaded and viewed millions of times. The video … Continue reading A Plandemic of Pandas: Pandemonium in a Planetarium… wait, WTF?
by Julia Wong interviews Carl Bergstrom edited by O Society May 2, 2020 Carl Bergstrom is uniquely suited to understanding the current moment. A professor of biology at the University of Washington, he spends his career studying two seemingly disparate topics: emerging infectious diseases and networked misinformation. The two merged into one the moment reports of … Continue reading There is No Absolute Truth: On Covid-19, Misinformation, and Bullshit
Fight Club's Author: "I coined 'snowflake' Zero Hedge, a financial blog that rose to popularity in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, was permanently suspended from Twitter for what the platform deemed as spreading misinformation over the Wuhan coronavirus. by Ellen Cranley edited by O Society April 20, 2020 The financial blog Zero Hedge was … Continue reading Tyler Durden/ ZeroHedge is banned from Twitter for spreading Wuhan coronavirus misinformation. It’s not the first time (Part III)
header image: an antidote to the Shit Zone by Sean Illing edited by O Society Jan 20, 2020 No matter how President Trump’s impeachment trial plays out in the Senate, one thing is certain: Despite the incontrovertible facts at the center of the story, the process will change very few minds. Regardless of how clear … Continue reading Flood the zone with shit: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy
William Rivers Pitt Truthout Feb 9, 2018 I put my head in a blender quite completely by accident on Thursday morning, and I’m still trying to get my legs back under me. It started just after 6:00 a.m. when I made the enormous unforced error of turning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Co-host Joe Scarborough and Washington Post … Continue reading The Problem Is Not “Fake News.” It’s the Constant Noise Drowning Out the News.
by Glenn Greenwald Intercept Jan 20, 2019 BUZZFEED WAS ONCE notorious for traffic-generating “listicles”, but has since become an impressive outlet for deep investigative journalism under editor-in-chief Ben Smith. That outlet was prominently in the news this week thanks to its “bombshell” story about President Trump and Michael Cohen: a story that, like so many others of its kind, … Continue reading Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story (1)