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Right-Wing Authoritarianism on the Rise: Brazilians Can Halt the Trend
Explains the cycle of how economic & political corruption work together as ruling class takes over and bankrupts nations
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59 minutes ago by csrollyson
Why the invention of the fridge could be responsible for our love of fake news
There's a lot of great stuff here!

First the link to


"It’s often assumed that if Twitter can delete all the Russian bots, or if Facebook can write algorithms that distinguish truth from lies, the fake news problem will be solved. But the uncomfortable truth is that, like drug addiction, fake news is a demand-side problem as much as a supply-side one. ...

Technologists like to talk about creating “frictionless” user experiences. In the context of news, frictionless means thoughtless. "

So ...

what? should focus on making things *possible*, not *easy* ?

I can't really take this anywhere in my own head. It's tricky to engage the cognitive control needed I suppose.
fake  news  thought  communication  technology  social  media 
yesterday by ssam
Are Influencers Overrated? | Stanford Graduate School of Business
A new study questions the effectiveness of targeting “hubs” at the center of social networks.
media  social  psychology 
yesterday by geetarista
How To Kick Start A Career in PR by Roniqua Gerald
In this guest post meet Roniqua Gerald, who has managed to carve a successful PR career for herself from scratch. Her story and experiences serve as a useful reminder about the power of persistence and not giving up in pursuit of one’s purpose. If you’re interested in a career in PR or just want to be inspired read Roniqua’s piece and share your thoughts below.
RoniquaGerald  PR  Jobs  Careers  Education  HowTo  Advice  Media 
yesterday by dk33per
A neuroscientist explains why evangelicals are wired to believe Trump's lies
One reason Trump supporters believe his lies comes from a basic fact about the brain: it takes more mental effort to reject an idea as false than to accept it as true. In other words, it’s easier to believe than to not.

This fact is based on a landmark study published in the journal PLOS ONE in 2009, which asked the simple question, how is the brain activated differently during a state of belief compared to a state of disbelief? To test this, participants were asked whether or not they believed in a series of statements while their brain activity was being imaged by an fMRI scanner. Some sentences were simple and fact-based (California is larger than Rhode Island), while others were more abstract and subjective (God probably does not exist). The results showed the activation of distinct but often overlapping brain areas in the belief and disbelief conditions. While these imaging results are complicated to interpret, the electrical patterns also showed something that was fairly straightforward. Overall, there was greater brain activation that persisted for longer during states of disbelief. Greater brain activation requires more cognitive resources, of which there is a limited supply. What these findings show is that the mental process of believing is simply less work for the brain, and therefore often favored. The default state of the human brain is to accept what we are told, because doubt takes effort. Belief, on the other hand, comes easily.

This troubling finding makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint. If children questioned every single fact they were being taught, learning would occur at a rate so slow that it would be a hindrance. But this fact could be just as easily applied to both the political left and right. So how does it explain why conservatives, specifically evangelicals, are so easily duped by Donald Trump?

For Christian fundamentalists, being taught to suppress critical thinking begins at a very early age. It is the combination of the brain’s vulnerability to believing unsupported facts and aggressive indoctrination that create the perfect storm for gullibility. Due to the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to be sculpted by lived experiences, evangelicals literally become hardwired to believe far-fetched statements.

This wiring begins when they are first taught to accept Biblical stories not as metaphors for living life practically and purposefully, but as objective truth. Mystical explanations for natural events train young minds to not demand evidence for beliefs. As a result, the neural pathways that promote healthy skepticism and rational thought are not properly developed. This inevitably leads to a greater susceptibility to lying and gaslighting by manipulative politicians, and greater suggestibility in general.
Trump  fake-news  media  psychology  Christians 
2 days ago by thegrandnarrative
Bloodyminded | Live Oct 14th.
For one night only on October 14th, Europe’s first ever interactive feature film will be broadcast live online and at cinemas around the UK and Europe.

The story follows SJ as she breaks into an army base to bury the ashes of her great-grandfather, a conscientious objector during World War One. Inside, surrounded by soldiers and the ghosts of past wars, she finds a place where her certainty begins to falter.

Created by four-times BAFTA nominated Blast Theory, Bloodyminded will take audiences on a moving and disturbing interactive journey that asks us to make our own decisions about the morality of war.
theater  media  performance  memory  response  politics  military 
2 days ago by sew245
An online decency moderator's advice: Blur your eyes - BBC News
""We had to come up with the rules. Watching porn and asking whether wearing a tiny spaghetti-strap bikini was nudity? Asking how much sex is too much sex for MySpace? Making up the rules as we went along.

"Should we allow someone to cut someone's head off in a video? No, but what if it is a cartoon? Is it OK for Tom and Jerry to do it?"

There was also nothing in the way of emotional support, although she would tell her team: "It's OK to walk out, it's OK to cry. Just don't throw up on my floor."

And when it came to looking at the content, she had the following advice: "Blur your eyes and then you won't really see it.""
people-are-horrible  world  internet  social  media 
2 days ago by ssam
Bhagwad Gita, Upanishads kept 'devout Muslim' Suhaib Ilyasi 'strong and positive' in jail
He made sure he didn't miss out on his daily namaz while in jail but also faithfully read the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads for solace and strength, says former TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi who was acquitted on charges of murdering his wife this month.Going from the heights of fame as a pioneer of crime shows in the country with "India's Most Wanted" to finding himself as the accused in one of Delhi's most high-profile murder cases, it has been a rough 18-year ride, said Ilyasi.A reading of the Hindu scriptures helped see him through the darkest days behind bars in Tihar Jail, added the 52-year-old, who describes himself as a "devout Muslim".
oddly  crime  punishments  media  acquittal 
2 days ago by thomas.kochi

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