As I began researching a project about conspiracy theory, paranoia and surveillance I realized my notes and link-lists had taken on an aesthetic that held a narrative distinct from the actual project I was researching. I found this world to be fascinating to I wanted to share my research list for anyone who wants to lose themselves down this rabbit hole.
Social media allows us to increase our social footprint and maintain a steady flow of dopamine but at what cost? To what degree are we insulating ourselves from feeling, training ourselves exclusively for shallow interaction? What is the longterm effect of this optimization? The psychology behind social media interactions.
Strategies advertisers use to sell you products.
6 emotions they determine what you buy. These same emotions seem to influence political decisions
Facebook failed to protect 10 million of its users
Apophenia is the spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness of unrelated phenomena.
The term (German: Apophänie) was coined by psychiatrist Klaus Conrad in his 1958 publication on the beginning stages of schizophrenia. He defined it as "unmotivated seeing of connections [accompanied by] a specific feeling of abnormal meaningfulness".
Our tendency to see patterns
Confirmation bias: the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories.
China has started ranking citizens with a 'social credit' system
Conspiracy theories evolve to incorporate whatever evidence exists against them, so that they become, as Barkun writes, a closed system that is unfalsifiable, and therefore "a matter of faith rather than proof."
Barkun has identified three classifications of conspiracy theory:
Systemic conspiracy theories. Such theories pertain to alleged broad objectives such as domination of a country or of the world. According to Barkun, the conspiratorial machinery for such theories is usually simple, with a single evil organization. Examples may include conspiracy theories about Jews, Freemasons, Communism, or the Catholic Church.
Superconspiracy theories. For Barkun, such theories link multiple alleged conspiracies together hierarchically. At the summit is a distant but all-powerful evil force. His cited examples are the ideas of David Icke and Milton William Cooper.
Jesse Walker (2013) has identified five kinds of conspiracy theories:
Refers to theories based on figures alleged to be scheming against a community from without.
Finds the conspirators lurking inside the nation, indistinguishable from ordinary citizens.
Involves powerful people manipulating events for their own gain.
Features the lower classes working to overturn the social order.
There are angelic forces that work behind the scenes to improve the world and help people.
9/11 Conspiracy theories
Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy theories
"Deepfake, a portmanteau of "deep learning" and "fake", is an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique. It is used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos."
A further corruption of trust in media.
How might this be used for sabotage? Terrorism? To spurn a former lover?
A distributed ledger (also called a shared ledger, or distributed ledger technology, DLT) is a consensus of replicated, shared, and synchronized digital data geographically spread across multiple sites, countries, or institutions.There is no central administrator or centralized data storage