The Return of the Hidden Persuaders

by Vincent Clarke  American Affairs Winter 2019 edited by O Society Mar 16, 2019 Critiques of advertising are back. Ten years ago, casual talk about how advertising influences behavior would come across as weird and paranoid—the preserve of the online conspiracy fringe. Today it is everywhere. Leading journalistic outlets fret over something resembling mind control. … Continue reading The Return of the Hidden Persuaders

The New Psychoanalysis

In a retrograde moment like ours, the analytic ethic provides a strong source of resistance by Stephen Seligman Dissent Winter 2019 edited by O Society Mar 10, 2019 Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. Freud’s gender theories are trashed for their sexism, and his original instinct theories are regarded skeptically. Psychiatrists don’t study it, and the … Continue reading The New Psychoanalysis

How The Establishment Smear Corbyn, Gabbard, Omar, Assange, And Other Dissenters

https://youtu.be/mUuK6hDakW4 Why collective narcissists are so politically volatile   by Rainer Shea Revolution Dispatch edited by O Society Mar 8, 2019 Establishment smear campaigns serve an important and politically strategic purpose. Their aim is to delegitimize social movements not by countering the ideas behind these movements-which are often very popular in themselves-but by destroying the reputations … Continue reading How The Establishment Smear Corbyn, Gabbard, Omar, Assange, And Other Dissenters

American Empire and its Media – Logic of US Foreign Policy – Propaganda Multiplier

The American Empire and its Media by Swiss Propaganda Research Jan 2019 edited by O Society Mar 10, 2019 Languages: DE; CN, ES, FR, GR, JP, KO, PL, RU, TR Largely unbeknownst to the general public, executives and top journalists of almost all major US news outlets are longtime members of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) … Continue reading American Empire and its Media – Logic of US Foreign Policy – Propaganda Multiplier

We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us: Age of Surveillance Capitalism

From the very first page, I was consumed with an overwhelming imperative: everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense. Amy Goodman interviews Shoshana Zuboff  Democracy Now! Mar 1, 2019 Corporations created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive new book that … Continue reading We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us: Age of Surveillance Capitalism

AI Writes Convincing Prose; Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Fed with billions of words, this algorithm creates convincing articles and shows how AI could be used to fool people on a mass scale. by Will Knight MIT Review Feb 14, 2019 Here’s some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the … Continue reading AI Writes Convincing Prose; Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

by Zeynep Tufekci Wired Feb 18, 2019 IN THE SUMMER of 2006, Fidel Castro unexpectedly announced he was temporarily handing over power to his brother. Turns out he needed to undergo intestinal surgery. Afterward, an anchor on state-run television read a statement, said to have been written by Castro, attesting that all was well. But there … Continue reading The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes