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How Fascism Works
So we have a long history of genocide against native peoples and anti-black racism and anti-immigration hysteria, and at the same time there’s a strain of American exceptionalism, which manifests as a kind of mythological history and encourages Americans to think of their own country as a unique force for good.
books  politics  deception  violence 
6 days ago by basemaly
U.S. Cancer Centers Deceptive Testimonials Database | Truth In Advertising
TINA.org conducted a review of patient testimonials used to promote the 50 cancer treatment centers in the U.S. that spent the most money on advertising in 2017. Our results revealed that, of the cancer centers still in business in 2018, 43 out of 48 – or 90% – deceptively used patient testimonials in their marketing materials by promoting anecdotal, atypical patient results without clearly and conspicuously disclosing what the generally expected results for a patient in a similar situation would be.
healthcare  tina.org  deception  Advertising 
8 days ago by PieroRivizzigno
In the age of A.I., is seeing still believing? • The New Yorker
Joshua Rothman on the rise of "deep fakes":
<p>As alarming as synthetic media may be, it may be more alarming that we arrived at our current crises of misinformation—Russian election hacking; genocidal propaganda in Myanmar; instant-message-driven mob violence in India—without it. Social media was enough to do the job, by turning ordinary people into media manipulators who will say (or share) anything to win an argument. The main effect of synthetic media may be to close off an escape route from the social-media bubble. In 2014, video of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner helped start the Black Lives Matter movement; footage of the football player Ray Rice assaulting his fiancée catalyzed a reckoning with domestic violence in the National Football League. It seemed as though video evidence, by turning us all into eyewitnesses, might provide a path out of polarization and toward reality. With the advent of synthetic media, all that changes. Body cameras may still capture what really happened, but the aesthetic of the body camera—its claim to authenticity—is also a vector for misinformation. “Eyewitness video” becomes an oxymoron. The path toward reality begins to wash away.

In the early days of photography, its practitioners had to argue for its objectivity. In courtrooms, experts debated whether photos were reflections of reality or artistic products; legal scholars wondered whether photographs needed to be corroborated by witnesses. It took decades for a consensus to emerge about what made a photograph trustworthy. Some technologists wonder if that consensus could be reëstablished on different terms. Perhaps, using modern tools, photography might be rebooted…

…Citron and Chesney indulge in a bit of sci-fi speculation. They imagine the “worst-case scenario,” in which deepfakes prove ineradicable and are used for electioneering, blackmail, and other nefarious purposes. In such a world, we might record ourselves constantly, so as to debunk synthetic media when it emerges. “The vendor supplying such a service and maintaining the resulting data would be in an extraordinary position of power,” they write; its database would be a tempting resource for law-enforcement agencies. Still, if it’s a choice between surveillance and synthesis, many people may prefer to be surveilled. Truepic, McGregor told me, had already had discussions with a few political campaigns. “They say, ‘We would use this to just document everything for ourselves, as an insurance policy.’ ”</p>
ai  images  deception 
11 days ago by charlesarthur
Where ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax - The New York Times
“We should not be taxed on what we eat,” she says in a commercial that is being broadcast across Washington State. “We need to eat to survive, and if we have to cut back on what we eat, that’s not going to be good — especially for the elderly.”

But what most voters don’t know is that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other American beverage companies are largely financing the initiatives — not to block taxes on staples like milk and vegetables but to choke off a growing movement to tax sugary drinks.
ethics  culture  lies  health  deception  interesting  via:ramitsethi 
11 days ago by eaconley
Where ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax - The New York Times
“We should not be taxed on what we eat,” she says in a commercial that is being broadcast across Washington State. “We need to eat to survive, and if we have to cut back on what we eat, that’s not going to be good — especially for the elderly.”

But what most voters don’t know is that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other American beverage companies are largely financing the initiatives — not to block taxes on staples like milk and vegetables but to choke off a growing movement to tax sugary drinks.
ethics  culture  lies  health  deception  interesting 
12 days ago by ramitsethi
In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing? | The New Yorker
Advances in digital imagery could deepen the fake-news crisis—or help us get out of it, Joshua Rothman writes.
vrandtruth18  AI  deception  images 
13 days ago by basemaly
Jacob Wohl’s Botched Conspiracy Against Robert Mueller
“The point of these intentionally false posts is less to rebut Democrats and more to inflame the already established stances of fellow Republicans. They work best when they are kept in the GOP’s online bubble, and force outsiders — Democrats, journalists, fact-checkers, whoever — to try to intervene. Those interventions never work. Fake news persists often because the people encountering it want to believe it. They also persist because viral misinformation does not refute fact as much as cloud it.”
deception  politics  epistimology  vrandtruth18  media  socialnetwork 
15 days ago by basemaly
Facebook Allowed Advertisers to Target Users Interested in “White Genocide” — Even in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre
Despite efforts to debunk "white genocide" theory, Facebook sold advertisers ability to market to users with interest in the myth just days after bloodshed.
socialnetwork  violence  deception 
16 days ago by basemaly
After More Than a Decade, the Human Flesh Search Engine Is Still Raging Across Chinese Social Media | What's on Weibo
Since the early years of microblogging in China, the so-called ‘Human Flesh Search Engine’, a phenomenon in which Internet users hunt down and punish people, has repeatedly attracted the attention of the media. More than 10 years later, the ‘Human Flesh Search Engine’ is still raging on Chinese social media.
china  socialnetwork  deception  truth  vrandtruth18 
17 days ago by basemaly
The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online | Pew Research Center
Experts are split on whether the coming years will see less misinformation online. Those who foresee improvement hope for technological and societal solutions. Others say bad actors using technology can exploit human vulnerabilities.
deception  truth  vrandtruth18 
17 days ago by basemaly
How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News | Time
Wineburg’s team found that Americans from savvy tweens to academics fail to ask important questions about content they encounter online
deception  truth  thinking  conspiracy  vrandtruth18 
17 days ago by basemaly
Why bullshit hurts democracy more than lies
What is extraordinary about these statements is not that that they are false; it is that they are so obviously false. The function of these statements, it seems, is not to describe real events or facts. It is instead to do something more complex: to mark the political identity of the one telling the falsehood, or to express or elicit a particular emotion... When there is no shared standard for evidence, then people who disagree with us are not really making claims about a shared world of evidence. They are doing something else entirely; they are declaring their political allegiance or moral worldview.
deception  truth  vrandtruth18  politics 
18 days ago by basemaly
Calling Bullshit.
The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullshit — and take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with bullshit of the second order. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit.
syllabus  deception  truth  vrandtruth18  thinking  epistimology  philosophy  ethics 
18 days ago by basemaly
The Republican Party Is Only Going to Get More Extreme
Rather than finding another line of work, however, McConnell’s colleagues have grasped a disturbing reality: They don’t need to sell their policies to the American people. They’re better off following Trump’s political formula of constructing an alternate reality in which their party is cast as one of economic populists. Recently, Trump has been insisting he has another plan to give the middle class a tax cut. A big one!
politics  deception  media  socialnetwork 
20 days ago by basemaly
American Psychosis: the early warning signs of democratic collapse are all around us / Boing Boing
https://vimeo.com/293802639 Banx sends us American Psychosis, a 15-minute short in which "Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges (previously) discusses modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion."
politics  deception  video  vrandtruth18 
21 days ago by basemaly
Of Course Donald Trump Inspired Cesar Sayoc’s Alleged Terrorism
"Donald Trump’s famously loyal base has been radicalized, and while only the tiniest fraction will resort to political violence, neither the president nor the hollow shell of the GOP will do anything to stop it.”

“This is a president with obvious mental and moral deficits who will say and do anything to retain power. He’s backed by a runaway ‘conservative’ media feeding his rabid base a daily dose of conspiratorial lunacy. There is no mechanism to stop Trump’s division, radicalization, and calls to arms against his enemies.”
politics  violence  liberties  deception  conspiracy 
22 days ago by basemaly

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