Donald Trump is a pathogen evolved to thrive in an attention-maximization ecosystem


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/backpropagator.html


#2

“Trump is an attention addict, and now he’s in a position to get all the attention in the world, as long as he keeps those sirens blaring”

“Unable to replicate without a host cell, viruses are typically not considered living organisms.” Virus via thefreedictionary

Kill the Media.


#3

devastating pathogen that burns its way through the human race, felling people by the millions.

That’s a welcome event in the days of tRump. Is there a way we could engineer it to get TGOP’ers only?


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#5

I always suspected Trump’s strategy for his campaign was a greedy algorithm coupled with a machine learning component. Seeding step: generate a grammatically correct sentence out of random words. Tweet. Repeat. Weight each sentence based on the number of likes and re-tweets. Refinement step: take most heavily weighted words and key phrases and feed them back into the seeding step. Repeat. #covfefe


#6

FTFY 


#7

Yeah, it’s awful convenient for Dowd to blame Trump on “the media landscape”, rather than, y’know, the standard pattern of dumb-assery and misogyny on her own part


#8

I’m just picturing Dustin Hoffman from the movie Outbreak thinking about how to kill it before it takes out the rest of humanity.


#9

Good call.


#10

virus


#11

Every time you say his name, he grows stronger. And you are doing his work for him.


#12

Wrong. He is a symptom of a diseased society, but not the cause. There are 100’s more people like Trump out there.

You can spot the new right-populist in many running in elections this year. But it’s not even a new phenomenon. the Minutemen, the Tea Party, and alt-right are all part of the changes happening in our society, accelerated by new powerful information systems.


#13

He tweets to live AND lives to tweet.


#14

I just read an article comparing Trump with Rand Paul, noting that they only have one thing in common - they’re both the craziest guy in the race. That’s what it takes to win a GOP primary in the 21st century - pink elephants.


#15

I would take a pink elephant over those two any day!


#16

This 45 situation always reminded me of “Interface” by Stephen Bury (aka Neal Stephenson and George Jewsbury)


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