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garden_h0e14 karma

What challenges do you face in crafting policy recommendations on these issues as someone who has not worked directly in policy making or the US government? (Assuming this based on your bio, correct me if wrong.) Media literacy and disinformation are such cross cutting issues relating to education, tech innovation, foreign policy, cyber security, etc that it seems like a tall order to answer such a huge question in one book without that firsthand insight.

garden_h0e7 karma

This is a bit confusing. Do you consider number of shares/likes/reactions/comments as a unit of measurement here? It seems that way based on you making a causative link between the propagation of IRA material and the change in "discourse." I feel like at a certain point you have to make a call about what exactly it is you're analyzing and how you intend to evaluate its impact. That's sort of why I asked the question earlier about defining information - without that clear definition I feel like you fall into the pit of tackling the kitchen sink of "information operations" in a broad way without clearly addressing the causes and solutions to each unique issue.

garden_h0e6 karma

What does cancel culture have to do with disinformation...

Also it's not a matter of being politically incorrect or frowned upon, it's about holding people accountable for being racist and/or bigoted.

garden_h0e5 karma

Another brief question: how do you define “information” and/or “disinformation” in your book? These terms are used so broadly now that they feel almost meaningless. It would be great to know how you’ve tackled putting specific parameters around them.

garden_h0e1 karma

Dramatic much? No celebrity who has been “cancelled” has actually been silenced.