Why Are Others Wrong While I’m Right?

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Wheat & Tares

When we discover that someone disagrees with us on a matter we consider settled, we often go through three steps to “understand” why they are wrong, and those three reasons go from most charitable to least:

  • They are ignorant. If they knew what I know, if they had the facts I do, they would see things as I do.
  • They are too stupid to understand the facts. This is the next line of thinking once we realize that they know the facts we know and simply interpret them differently or feel differently about them.
  • They are acting in bad faith. They don’t want to know the truth because their intentions are bad. They don’t care about others or the truth, just whatever immoral or unjust thing they want.

The problem is that both sides of a disagreement think these things about the other party, but they don’t question…

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The Mainstream Platforms of Online Surveillance Giants

These platforms allow people to access them supposedly for free, but instead of charging them a fee they require people to give up their personal data. This is then analysed to aggregate people into groups, and to make predictions about their interests and characteristics – primarily so they can use these insights to generate advertising revenue. The report found that the scale of harvesting and monetising of personal data by these platforms is incompatible with people’s right to privacy.

Even though the main calls in the report are to governments and how they must regulate the industry, it behoves us all to look at the roles we play.

At Amnesty, we are just as dependent on these platforms as big corporations, political parties, and local businesses in order to reach, engage and grow our audiences. The pervasive power of these platforms is exactly why Amnesty has brought out a report on them.

What are our options?

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/11/we-called-out-facebook-and-google-but-need-them

Edward Snowden: How to make facts

On Saturday, I just had enough time to post a link to the interview Joe Rogan did with Edward Snowden:

http://fun.freezine.org/activity/p/20376/

This is a deep link to a segment where Snowden was explaining how important evidence is in establishing facts (i.e., in journalism, in courts, etc.). I myself contrasted this with the way science works (the scientific method cannot prove anything, scientific theories are simply descriptions of phenomena that have not yet been refuted by testing hypotheses). IMHO it would be nice if more people took the skeptical attitude inherent in the scientific approach.

Promoting + Mainstreaming Media Channels on “This Week in Startups” as a Customer Acquisition Platform for Advertising + Marketing Dummies

Everybody’s kind of getting scammed in that space and you probably shouldn’t be buying Google search.

Matthew Horiuchi (Director of User Acquisition @ Calm) [ @ ca. 30:35 ]

Note that this depiction is vastly oversimplistic (for example, Matthew himself notes that costs actually vary widely, they are not pinpointed as depicted here). Also, there are probably an infinite number of axes upon which to chart media channels (for example, if one such axis were to represent “rationality”, all of these would be at the “zero rationality” end of the scale — see also “Definition: How to Define “Retard Media”“).

Why Snopes Gets an ‘F’ for Fact Checking

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Tales from the Conspiratum

In the barrage of information you come across daily online, how do you know what’s true and what’s nothing more than hearsay, gossip or all-out lies?

“If you’re relying on Snopes as your arbiter of truth, however, you’re in for a surprise: Snopes engages in massive censorship of natural health and general promotion of industry talking points. What started as a tool to investigate urban legends, hoaxes and folklore has manifested into a self-proclaimed “definitive fact-checking resource” that’s taking on topics like whether or not vaccines can cause autism.”

Source: Why Snopes Gets an ‘F’ for Fact Checking | GreenMedInfo | Blog Entry

http://www.greenmedinfo.com

Originally published on www.mercola.com

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • In their purported fact-checking of a report by CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Snopes spewed propaganda, not real facts, in an attempt to discredit the report and the potential vaccines-autism link
  • Snopes…

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