wiczipedia464 karma2020-07-22 19:12:13 UTC
Awesome question, thank you so much for asking! I think for more reddit users these will be pretty simple, but...
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wiczipedia226 karma2020-07-22 17:14:24 UTC
Yes, an intermediate goal is to promote discord and division, but in service of what?
I see Russia's influence operations as having three goals, broadly.
wiczipedia202 karma2020-07-22 21:11:03 UTC
Hi all, sorry for delay- power outage here but I'm back :)
You're absolutely right! Information overload or a "firehose of falsehood" (as the RAND Corp calls it) is part of the strategy.
I think in part, the media needs to do a good job distilling information and laying it out for people. A great example of this is the series that PBS Newshour did distilling the Mueller report for those that didn't want to slog through it in print. That's the sort of thing more outlets need to be doing- and public journalism is really good at it. I'm a huge advocate for journalism as a public good, and hope we as a country start to invest in it more. We only spend $3 per person per year on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We can do so much better, and provide quality information to people who might otherwise live in news deserts (NPR and PBS provide some of the only local coverage in some parts of the country).
wiczipedia176 karma2020-07-22 17:58:02 UTC
Steak Umm has been great! (Bless) https://twitter.com/steak_umm
On the more academic / activist side, I like the work of Data & Society a whole lot: https://datasociety.net/
wiczipedia153 karma2020-07-22 19:06:58 UTC
This is an awesome question! I always recommend talking/chatting the person privately (as opposed to leaving a public comment or responding to a tweet). Opening with a nonconfrontational question is a great way to start- something like "This is interesting- why does it resonate with you?"- then gently pointing out the inconsistencies in the information. I find that linking to fact checking sites in particular tends to put people on edge- instead just speak from your own experience and knowledge and make it human. Good luck!
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