Après l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo, la prise d'otages de la Porte de Vincennes, le climat de peur s'est renforcé. Voilà comment un tel climat s'instaure dans un pays.
«Quels que soient les sentiments, bons ou mauvais, manifestés par une foule, ils présentent ce double caractère d'être très simples et très exagérés. Sur ce point, comme sur tant d'autres, l'individu en foule se rapproche des êtres primitifs. Inaccessible aux nuances, il voit les choses en bloc et ne connaît pas les transitions».
In a sense, Synereo is an organic collaborative filtering system. One where information flows to you not because a machine learned a rule for analyzing your behavior on the net, but because your networks have been shaped in a particular manner based how and your peers allocate your attention. This allows communities to self-organize and develop on their own terms.
social networks and the art of personalizing propaganda
The underlying algorithmics powering this recommendation engine help reinforce our values and bake more of the same voices into our information streams.
We used to be able to hold media accountable for misinforming the public. Now we only have ourselves to blame.
Marc Tirel's insight:
Thanks for this detailed and great analysis Gilad ! A good synthesis of what you reveal here lies in this drawing : http://www.neurozinzin.com/contenu/illusions/4_ou_3_barres.jpg I call it “blindness by lack of empathy”. The sad thing is that social networks seem to reinforce that blindness … unless each of us has a great diversity of people in their social network ? ( i think it’s my case )
Understanding the roots of a global, contagious spread of online information may help better predict political revolutions, consumer behavior, box office revenues, public policy debates, and even public health epidemics, a new study co-led by Yale University reveals."
The team's findings have great implications for the early detection of social, political, economic, and consumer moods, and even health trends. Christakis said, "Public health officials around the world could use our sensor method to mount a quicker and more focused response to health epidemics. It would give them more lead time to save lives."
Before spreading any content people must face several decisions: Is it worth sharing this content? Could it be interesting for anyone specific? Does it tell something about my identity, does it tell something about me, or my relationships with others? What is the best way to disseminate it? Should I share it like this, or should I supplement it with a message?
Another academic studying ignorance is David Dunning, from Cornell University. Dunning warns that the internet is helping propagate ignorance – it is a place where everyone has a chance to be their own expert, he says, which makes them prey for powerful interests wishing to deliberately spread ignorance.
En observant une plus forte connectivité interne dans ces deux réseaux, les scientifiques confirment que la lecture de fictions littéraires renforce d'une part la puissance de traitement du langage, mais aussi les sensations tactiles et les « simulations motrices internes » de notre cerveau. Cela semble indiquer que, lorsque nous lisons les aventures d'Esmeralda et Quasimodo, nous entrons dans la peau des personnages et ressentons tout un monde tactile virtuel et moteur, où nous nous déplaçons et éprouvons des sensations certes fictives, mais incarnées par nos modèles internes de la réalité.
La rumeur est vieille comme le monde. Mais depuis dix ans, pourtant, tout est différent. Sur la toile, elle se propage à la vitesse de la lumière. Des coulisses du renseignement aux couloirs de l'Assemblée nationale, de la police judiciaire aux milieux financiers ou au monde du spectacle, Matthieu Aron et Franck Cognard se sont intéressés à plus d'une centaine d'affaires.
Marc Tirel's insight:
rumeurs qui contribuent à une plus grande défiance vis à vis des médias...
"Globally, we compose 3.6 trillion words every day on email and social media, the equivalent of 36 million books. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public."
"studies have found that the effort of communicating to someone else forces you to pay more attention and learn more."
FAILED NETWORKS KILL IDEAS. BUT SUCCESSFUL ONES TRIGGER THEM.
Marc Tirel's insight:
Key article that explains the real power of the web !
This project is a quantitative history of Adam Smith's 'An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,' visualized in broad strokes. Based on Keith Tribe's 'A Critical Bibliography of Adam Smith,' it shows the changing publication geography of Smith's book from its first edition in 1776 through 2001.
This map is only a cryptic narrative about the dissemination of ideas, and as such, I hope it will inspire economic historians towards new and interesting projects surrounding Smith and his legacy.
With 30 million members, Avaaz is an organisation with ambitions to save us all through technology. Carole Cadwalladr meets its founder Ricken Patel to find out what it has achieved.
We're like a laboratory for virality. For every campaign we test perhaps 20 different versions of it to see what people want." It tweaks and it tweaks and it tweaks, changing the wording, pictures, call for action, and only then does it send it out on public release.
Everything is viral now, says Patel, "from financial crises to health epidemics to ideas". And learning the lessons of that and of how to garner attention from some of the most attention-deficient people on the planet – young people with electronic devices – has been Avaaz's masterstroke.
Great piece ! i love the crisistunity neologism ! : A crisistunity is another Avaaz-ism. "Though I think we originally got it from The Simpsons," says Patel. "It's a mixture of crisis and opportunity. We're at this extraordinary moment in history. We have the power to wipe out our species. But at the same time, we've had tremendous progress in the past 30 years. We have more than halved global poverty. We've radically increased the status of women. There are tremendous reasons for hope and optimism."
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