Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

  Philosophy need not be arcane, argued Aristotle, as he led by example, writing treatises for peers and public alike by Edith Hall Aeon Feb In a democratic society, where, in theory, every citizen contributes to the process of deliberation – or at least to the choice of representatives who will deliberate on her behalf – … Continue reading Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

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

Worshipping the Electronic Image

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Feb 18, 2019 Donald Trump, like much of the American public, is entranced by electronic images. He interprets reality through the distortions of digital media. His decisions, opinions, political positions, prejudices and sense of self are reflected back to him on screens. He views himself and the world around him as … Continue reading Worshipping the Electronic Image

The Problem Is Not “Fake News.” It’s the Constant Noise Drowning Out the News.

William Rivers Pitt Truthout Feb 9, 2018 I put my head in a blender quite completely by accident on Thursday morning, and I’m still trying to get my legs back under me. It started just after 6:00 a.m. when I made the enormous unforced error of turning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Co-host Joe Scarborough and Washington Post … Continue reading The Problem Is Not “Fake News.” It’s the Constant Noise Drowning Out the News.

Lost in TrumpWorld: War in the Shadows (of You Know Who)

by Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch Feb 6, 2019 The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American’s daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We’re living in … Continue reading Lost in TrumpWorld: War in the Shadows (of You Know Who)

What Would John Stuart Mill Do—to Fix Facebook?

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, recently hired to manage the beleaguered tech giant's global affairs and communications, digs the liberal-utilitarian theorist. by ALEXIS PAPAZOGLOU New Republic January 28, 2019 Silicon Valley’s liberal branding can seem paradoxical given its political impact. The scandals that accompanied the 2016 election—Cambridge Analytica, Russian interference—revealed Facebook contributed to the election of one … Continue reading What Would John Stuart Mill Do—to Fix Facebook?