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PostSubject: Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem   Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:30 am

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PostSubject: Re: Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem   Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:02 am

Yes, very interesting.

The author comes very close to implying that the proliferation of conspiracy theories, mostly pointing to a government that is murdering its own citizens, it ITSELF a conspiracy by Russian powers to create distrust and confusion in the US. I think this level of paranoia is unhealthy --

For every intentional conspiracy, there's probably a hundred instances of uncoordinated stupidity and accident. No conspiracy is needed to explain Dick Cheney's blinders, no conspiracy is needed to explain Trump's desperate ego. The mere existence of alt-right thinktanks like AEI and Cato explain most of the traffic.

The fact that alt-right sources link to each other should not come as a surprise.

Once again, I come back to the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine as the beginning of the end of trustworthy journalism. The proliferation of consumer-created news, in the age when every teenager with a modem could start his own blog, only furthered the equalization of news with "fake news."
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PostSubject: Re: Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem   Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:06 am

In fact, it's probably one of the alt-right's alternative narratives that Russia is the good guy in all this. Doesn't necessarily make Russia the source for any of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem   Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:32 pm

The clear identification of botnets pushing conspiracy theories ought to give fans of Twitter pause. But if you're shallow enough to value Twitter, you probably don't care.
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PostSubject: Re: Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem   Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:31 pm

True dat. 140 characters is not enough for any in-depth analysis.

Only an orange-haired moron would trust Twitter.
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PostSubject: Re: Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem   Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:35 am

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PostSubject: Re: Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem   Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:48 am

Great article! Thanks Richard
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