Oh, my piece for the Institute of Network Cultures got published and I missed it!
Fighting Disinformation: We’re Solving The Wrong Problems
> The reason why misinformation and disinformation spread so fast is that our most commonly used communication tools had been built in a way that promotes that kind of content over fact-checked, long-form, nuanced reporting.
> One could call this the “outrage dividend“, and disinformation benefits especially handsomely from it.
@nemobis I did not, but I might, thank you for the link. In return: did you read my piece, or just the excerpts I tooted here?
I do not have any hard evidence, as my piece is an opinion piece and not a scientific paper. You are more then welcome to dismiss it on this basis entirely and move on with your life. 🤷♀️
But the article you link to also does not seem to disagree with what I wrote. If it does, please point to where.
@nemobis my take-away from the article you linked is that there is/was a sustained, purposeful campaign to spread misinformation/disinformation in social media and outside of it.
That fits perfectly fine with my opinion that misinfo/disinfo get the "outrage dividend", and get spread more. It just means that some people decided to exploit that fact consciously, which is neither surprising nor incompatible with what I wrote.
@rysiek I've read it. You define an "outrage dividend", then you just proceed to *assume* that it exists/it's positive, and derive a few consequences from that assumption. So it's an entirely speculative operation. Alright.
The book is useful if you're interested in looking for actual evidence.
@nemobis one more thing: the outrage dividend exists even if only as the well-documented spread bump that "angry-emoji" posts used to get (and perhaps still get) on Facebook, compared to all other posts. This was documented by Washington Post:
Of course I define it considerably wider, but if we want to nit-pick, there you have it: an actual proof it existed in a very specific way.
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