It’s not just fake news you have to watch for, but also fake think tanks. This article explains how they manage to fool people.
Emma Grey Ellis | 01.24.17 | Wired
What does honesty mean to you?
- An honest person will say what they think and believe
- An honest person will say factually accurate things
If you picked 1, you will probably vote Trump; 2, Clinton. The article below from ClearerThinking.org explains.
Michael Shermer’s article makes several excellent points to remember at election time.
For one, we react to the bad news more than the good, because
“… in our evolutionary past there was an asymmetry of payoffs in which the fitness cost of overreacting to a threat was less than the fitness cost of underreacting. The world was more dangerous in our evolutionary past, so it paid to be risk-averse and highly sensitive to threats, and if things were good, then the status quo was worth maintaining…”
And politicians’ messages boil down to
““once upon a time things were bad, and now they’re good thanks to our party” or “once upon a time things were good, but now they’re bad thanks to the other party.””
Worth a read.
Just like advertising, politics is becoming more targeted to the individual: exploiting all your traits and weaknesses to get you to buy into their product/candidate. It’s a scary direction. (Make sure to watch the video on the source page)
The latest data-driven campaign pitches target you based on your personality, not just your demographics. But does such profiling work?
David Talbot | April 15, 2016 | MIT Technology Review
Eye-opening article based on Jeff Nesbitt’s book, Poison Tea: How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP.
How Big Oil and Big Tobacco partnered with the Koch brothers to take over the GOP
By Jeff Nesbit | April 5, 2016 |Time