This morning was a notable one in the life of TechCrunch the publication, as our parent company's parent company decided to sell our parent company to a different parent company. And now we're going to have to get new corporate IDs, again, as it appears that our new parent company's parent company wants to rebrand our parent company. As Yahoo.😂😂😂
#Facebook deleted a video from Brazilian #President Jair #Bolsonaro that claimed hydroxychloroquine was totally effective in treating the #virus....
It follows #Twitter’s deletion of a homemade treatment tweeted by Venezuelan President Nicolás #Maduro.
Outre la question des errements d’une telle modération, cela pose un autre problème : il n’y a que les grandes plateformes qui seront capables de tenir de telles contraintes. Ce qui pose un coût à l’entrée très important pour les nouvelles plateformes sociales, qui seront contraintes d’acheter un service à Facebook par exemple à défaut de pouvoir se conformer à la loi.https://www.acrimed.org/Facebook-Google-et-co-les-plateformes-contre-la
Twitter has suspended the account of Sci-Hub, a site that offers a free #gateway to paywalled research. The site is accused of violating the counterfeit policy of the social #media platform. However, founder Alexandra #Elbakyan believes that this is an effort to silence the growing #support amidst a high profile #court case in #India.#science #freedom #internet #economy #news #copyright #justice
LfD Niedersachsen verhängt Bußgeld über 10,4 Millionen Euro gegen notebooksbilliger.de wegen rechtswidriger Videoüberwachung von Mitarbeitern
Lies spread faster than the truth
There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed.
One of the hallmarks of #totalitarianism is mass conformity to a psychotic official #narrative.
Nazism and Stalinism are the classic examples, but the phenomenon is better observed in cults and other sub-cultural societal groups.
These narratives are invariably paranoid, portraying the cult as threatened or persecuted by an evil #enemy or antagonistic force which only unquestioning conformity to the cult’s #ideology can save its members from.
Moreover, cult leaders will often radically change these narratives for no apparent reason, forcing their cult members to abruptly forswear (and often even denounce as “heresy”) the beliefs they had previously been forced to profess, and behave as if they had never believed them, which causes their minds to further short circuit, until they eventually give up even trying to think rationally, and just mindlessly parrot whatever nonsensical gibberish the cult leader fills their heads with.
The cult leader isn’t trying to communicate. He is trying to disorient and control the listener’s mind.
If all this sounds familiar, good. Because the same #techniques that most cult leaders use to control the #minds of the members of their cults are used by #totalitarian systems to control the minds of entire #societies: Milieu Control, Loaded Language, Sacred #Science, Demand for Purity, and other standard mind-control techniques.
It is happening to most of our societies right now. An official narrative is being implemented. A totalitarian official narrative. A totally psychotic official narrative, no less delusional than that of the Nazis, or the Manson family, or any other cult.
This is what totalitarians and cult leaders count on, and exploit to implant their narratives in our minds, and why actual initiation rituals (as opposed to purely symbolic rituals) begin by attacking the subject’s mind with terror, pain, physical exhaustion, psychedelic drugs, or some other means of obliterating the subject’s perception of reality.
Nor can they perceive the delusional nature of the official “#Covid-19” narrative, no more than those in Nazi Germany were able to perceive how completely delusional their official “master race” narrative was.
Their initiation into the Covidian #Cult began in January, when the medical authorities and corporate #media turned on The Fear with projections of hundreds of millions of deaths and #fake photos of people dropping dead in the streets. The psychological conditioning has continued for months. The global masses have been subjected to a constant stream of #propaganda, manufactured #hysteria, wild speculation, conflicting directives, exaggerations, lies, and tawdry theatrical effects.
Facts do not matter to totalitarians and cult members. What matters is loyalty to the cult or the party.
What we are up against is not a misunderstanding or a rational argument over scientific facts. It is a fanatical ideological movement. A global totalitarian movement … the first of its kind in human history.
Instead of the #cult existing as an island within the dominant culture, the cult has become the dominant culture, and those of us who have not joined the cult have become the isolated islands within it.
I wish I could be more optimistic, and maybe offer some sort of plan of action, but the only historical parallel I can think of is how #Christianity “converted” the pagan world … which doesn’t really bode so well for us. While you’re sitting at home during the “second wave” lockdowns, you might want to brush up on that history.
As wildfires blaze across the United States, some right-wing politicians and pundits are blaming racial justice protesters. On this week’s On the Media, how to stay focused on the realities of climate change when everything is politicized. Also: Does journalistic convention give more airtime to less important stories? Plus, how an independent French film criticizing the hyper-sexualization of children stoked controversy on the right. And, the assumptions we make when we talk about human trafficking.Full episode audio:
1. David Karpf, George Washington University media and public affairs professor, on how journalistic convention can bury urgent truths. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/aint-your-usual-horserace
2. Kate Knibbs, Senior Writer at Wired explains how “Cuties” on Netflix became mired in controversy peddled by the right. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-cuties-outrage-followed-gamergate-playbook
3. Michael Hobbes, co-host of the podcast “You’re Wrong About” and Senior Enterprise Reporter at The Huffington Post, debunks embellished stories of child sex trafficking busts. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/debunking-child-sex-trafficking-trope
4. Amy Westervelt, climate journalist and host of the podcast “Drilled” on how to sort through competing narratives in coverage of the wildfires. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/fog-fire