Hacking the Attention Economy
12 days ago by jm
Can't help feeling danah boyd is hitting the nail on the head here:danah-boyd news facebook social-media gaslighting trolls 4chan lulz gamergate fake-news
The Internet has long been used for gaslighting, and trolls have long targeted adversaries. What has shifted recently is the scale of the operation, the coordination of the attacks, and the strategic agenda of some of the players.
For many who are learning these techniques, it’s no longer simply about fun, nor is it even about the lulz. It has now become about acquiring power.
A new form of information manipulation is unfolding in front of our eyes. It is political. It is global. And it is populist in nature. The news media is being played like a fiddle, while decentralized networks of people are leveraging the ever-evolving networked tools around them to hack the attention economy.
12 days ago by jm
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