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The Era of Fake Video Begins and the collapse of reality
„We’re not so far from the collapse of reality“. I hate to say this again and again and again, I'm tired and sick of it but it's still true: Told you so.
The internet has always contained the seeds of postmodern hell. Mass manipulation, from clickbait to Russian bots to the addictive trickery that governs Facebook’s News Feed, is the currency of the medium. It has always been a place where identity is terrifyingly slippery, where anonymity breeds coarseness and confusion, where crooks can filch the very contours of selfhood. In this respect, the rise of deepfakes is the culmination of the internet’s history to date—and probably only a low-grade version of what’s to come.

Vladimir Nabokov once wrote that reality is one of the few words that means nothing without quotation marks. He was sardonically making a basic point about relative perceptions: When you and I look at the same object, how do you really know that we see the same thing? Still, institutions (media, government, academia) have helped people coalesce around a consensus—rooted in a faith in reason and empiricism—about how to describe the world, albeit a fragile consensus that has been unraveling in recent years. Social media have helped bring on a new era, enabling individuated encounters with the news that confirm biases and sieve out contravening facts. The current president has further hastened the arrival of a world beyond truth, providing the imprimatur of the highest office to falsehood and conspiracy.

But soon this may seem an age of innocence. We’ll shortly live in a world where our eyes routinely deceive us. Put differently, we’re not so far from the collapse of reality.
ncpin  DasGeileNeueInternet  nct  FakeNews  AI  AlgoCulture  Philosophy 
yesterday by walt74
China’s $6 Billion Propaganda Blitz Is a Snooze – Foreign Policy
RT doesn’t mind whether it goes to the far-left or the far-right. But Chinese state media, reporting, and punditry can only act from a very narrow, officially approved scope, and the risk of the political extremes is too much. Instead of fascists and radicals, then, Chinese media is left with elderly politicians and business executives.
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yesterday by yorksranter
Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match - The New York Times
They subsidised, well, themselves versus anyone else inc yr blog. India was quite right to fuck them off
facebook  to_blog  fakenews 
yesterday by yorksranter
Debunking far-right propaganda: “Refugee Attack” staged video write-up
A detailed write-up debunking a staged/strongly-misleading “refugee attack” video put out by groups with ties to *actual* Neo-Nazi and white nationalist movements.
worldnews  fakenews  extremist  alt-right  propoganda  worstof  debunked  reddit  video  politics 
yesterday by nullptr
We’re underestimating the mind-warping potential of fake video
False memories fester when they make sense to our political worldview, when it’s familiar and repeated ad nauseam, when we trust the source of the information, and when this information is corroborated, shared, and discussed by like-minded people.

Where else do all these things happen? Social media. Fake stories tend to move more quickly to people on these platforms than the truth, fueled by surprise and bias.

And so what happens when doctored audio and video get added to the mix? (Shudders.)

Most of the studies on false memories were conducted with faked photos or written documents. Since it’s so new, no one has studied the effect of deepfake video yet, but Levine and Loftus suspect it will be even more compelling. “Here that person is, in the midst of that situation, saying and doing these things,” Levine said. If the video is seamless, that’s going to be convincing. And “it’s legitimately worrisome,” she says.

Loftus agrees: “Having the [faked] video, and the richness of it, is just going to exacerbate the false memory potential,” she says.

Link: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/4/20/17109764/deepfake-ai-false-memory-psychology
nct  ncpin  Psychology  DasGeileNeueInternet  FakeNews 
yesterday by walt74
Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Moscow Inserts Political Operatives into African Countries Where Elections are Scheduled
The operation is being organized by Yevgeny Prigozhin, Putin’s former chef and the man who was behind both portions of Russia’s trolling operations against the United States and the United Kingdom as well as the Vagner private military company of mercenaries Russia has been using in Syria, Pertsev says.
fakenews  russia 
yesterday by yorksranter
Study: Chinese-American immigrants fall prey to WeChat’s misinformation problem - Columbia Journalism Review
While local news is often championed as a bastion of democracy and source of trust in today’s vortex of misinformation, locally oriented news outlets on WeChat contribute heavily to the amplification of misinformation. Many such outlets have emerged in an attempt to seize the thriving niche market as a major immigrant destination, promoting their usefulness by delivering practical information on where to shop and get services, how to prevent crime, and what events are happening locally. At the same time, these profit-driven local outlets have also become hotbeds for misinformation, especially as local policies such as sanctuary laws and marijuana legalization come under intense debate in the communities they target. Lack of credible local news, as in the Massalkhy story, creates a vacuum for misinformation to flourish
wechat  instantmessaging  china  fakenews  journalism 
yesterday by yorksranter
McInnes, Molyneux, and 4chan: Investigating pathways to the alt-right | Southern Poverty Law Center
Though both the alt-lite and alt-right reject “establishment” conservatism, the former claims to adhere to civic nationalism — a poorly defined catch-all term for those who embrace nativism but shy away from more radical racist rhetoric — while the latter is explicitly white nationalist. Legacy white nationalists include those like Jared Taylor, Patrick Buchanan and Paul Kersey who, although they might be popular within the alt-right, were part of the white nationalist movement before that label emerged.
altright  fakenews  cw2018  racism 
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