"The Biology of Disinformation," a paper by Rushkoff, Pescovitz, and Dunagan


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/30/the-biology-of-disinformatio.html


Looking forward to reading this.
But you might want to fix the spelling mistake in the chapter heading on page 13…

Virulent ideas and imagery only take hold if they effectively trigger a cultural immune response, leading to widespread contagion.

This analogy doesn’t work biologically.



Reminds me of a book from 1978: Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander.. It was about TV, but the arguments are very similar to “The Biology of Disinformation” but without memes or social media. It does have the same diagnosis and I believe a similar prescription to solve it. Of course the 1978 prescription was never applied as this 2018 one will not ether.

We would need some foundational shift in personal consciousness to happen to get people to disengage with TV/social media and start interacting organically again. Or we would need to get profits and corporate control out of TV/Social Media.


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