Digital Media Misinformation (11)

Mass manipulation of public opinion through social media and other digital media

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  • Wired
  • 2019
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The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

Spreading of harmful content through Youtube’s AI recommendation engine algorithm. AI helps create filter bubbles and echo chambers. Limited user agency to be exposed to certain content.

  • Wired
  • 2019
  • 7 min
  • New York Times
  • 2018
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Youtube, The Great Radicalizer

Youtube’s algorithm suggests increasingly radical recommendations to its users, maximising the amount of time they spend on the platform. The tendency toward inflammatory recommendations often leads to political misinformation.

  • New York Times
  • 2018
  • 15 min
  • n/a
  • 2018
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Choose Your Own Fake News

Choose-your-own-adventure game, in which you experience some sort of data fraud through acting in the position of a cast of characters.

  • n/a
  • 2018
  • 10 min
  • n/a
  • 2018
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In Event of Moon Disaster

Techniques of misinformation are used to make a film about an alternative history in which the Apollo 11 mission failed and the astronauts became stranded on the moon.

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  • 2018
  • 11 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2013
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Politics and Digital Mouthpieces

A CGI bear named Waldo is created using computer technology which sees the facial expressions of a comedian and renders it in real-time onto a screen. He is able to insult politicians with little retribution perhaps in part because he does not appear human. This power is harnessed by executives to put up Waldo as a candidate in a political race, where he is able to take part in a debate with real people and does not seem beholden to the same standards. Eventually, Waldo’s “driver” Jamie reveals his own identity, but Waldo continues on as a figure through embodying the voice of another worker in the company.

  • Kinolab
  • 2013
  • 8 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2016
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Social Media Trends and Hive Mind Justice

In this extreme imagination of social media, detectives Karin Parke and Blue Coulson try to discover the correlation between two recent deaths. They first interrogate a teacher who posted “#DeathTo @JoPowersWriter” along with a photo of controversial journalist Jo Powers on the day before Jo was found dead. The teacher discusses the popularity of this message and the hashtag, sharing that an entire online community split the cost of sending Jo a hateful message on a cake. Later on, the detectives discover that these deaths were determined by bots and the trending of the #DeathTo, and that whichever name had the most hits under this hashtag were hunted down and killed by a mysterious force.

  • Kinolab
  • 2016
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