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"...it’s hard to convey the intensity of living in the middle of a long-running disaster. The world narrows. Your ability to think critically evaporates. New daily rituals emerge – wake up, check the fire warnings, check the air quality reading. Get out of bed, check the air purifier. Next, wash brown smoky water out of clothing or animals that have left the sanctuary of the house for any period of time. ...Read More
The practice of online disinformation finds a new target in the Australian Bush fires. "“Australia suddenly appears to be getting swamped by mis/disinformation as a result of this environmental catastrophe, and we are suffering the consequences in terms of hyped up polarisation and an increased difficulty and inability for citizens to discern truth,”"
Among reputable partners like CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post, it had decided to include Breitbart in its list of sources for Facebook News.
Russian Operative Said ‘We Made America Great’ After Trump’s Win “We uncorked a tiny bottle of champagne ... took one gulp each and looked into each other’s eyes .... We uttered almost in unison: ‘We made America great,’” one operative at the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency said in the message obtained by the Republican-led committee. ...Read More
"The fraud investigator who blew the whistle on Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has accused General Electric of committing “a bigger fraud than Enron”, sending its stock into a tailspin. The shares of the all-American conglomerate fell as much as 15 per cent on Thursday after Harry Markopolos published a report ...Read More
Officials who work for Election Systems & Software, the top voting machine supplier in the country, deny that their machines are connected to the Internet. Cybersecurity watchdogs uncover that this is not true, particularly in key swing states. Because of course.
"In his work (most notably, his documentaries), Herzog seeks this “ecstatic truth”: to reflect reality not how it is on the surface, but how it is on a deep level, beyond the façade of what we merely perceive. [...] This what bothers me about those fake viral Twitter stories. They lack anything like ecstatic truth; they don't reflect or reveal any reality deeper than what they describe. In this, they have only facts — and of course, as it turns out, they don’t even have that. If the stories ...Read More
Good thread about this from @robhorning “the "fakeness" of deepfakes is not necessarily supposed to trick people; viewers know it's fake and enjoy seeing a hidden "truth" revealed symbolically ...Read More