Pynchon Was Right

1. Slothrup’s Penis

2. Old School: Your Basic Garden Variety Emotional Manipulation

3. Data Point: Micro-targeting

4. Data Point: Russian Bots

From Data for Democracy. How bots and sockpuppets can flood social media creating a false sense of ameme’s popularity or an overwhelming sense of harassment.

5. WTF First Pass: A Conceptual Framework

6. Data Point: The Facebook Ads

7. WTF Second Pass: A Pause to Summarize

from DonkeyHotey/Flckr under CreativeCommons Lic

8. Data Point: Manipulating the Emotional Environment

It was all fake!

9. WTF Pass Three: So what’s going on here? Why would the Russians bother?

10. Data Point: Why Am I a Target: A Prediction

11. WTF: Final Analysis

We have entered a stretch where new technologies are being used by our enemies in ways that dissolves facts, public conversation, our ‘most personal’ reactions, and even our attention spans into the informational equivalent of Grey Goo. The objective is to isolate us in bubbles of outrage and fear and thereby paralyze us. Currently, it’s succeeding.

12. The Counterforce: Where They Attack, We Defend

Political : A Legislative First Step

Cultural/Collective:

Strengthen the Tribe; Build Bridges

Personal: Self Care

Spreading awareness of the manipulation around us is critical. It is a first step towards a movement that can grow to stop this effort to pit Americans against each other and unravel our democracy.

There’s a baked in irony. The fight against this clear danger can provide a focus to bring us together rather than further divide us!

Further reading — General References and Useful Articles

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Alan Tabor

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Berkeley Backpacking Biz Lifer, System Builder, Coder, Community Organizer, Music and Evolutionary Biology Geek. Sign up and my projects at http://altabor.org/

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