Thursday May 3, 2018
Americans are being brainwashed by social media.
Mark Twain once said: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble, it's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
Cambridge Analytica, the brainchild of President Donald Trump's campaign chairman and political adviser Steve Bannon and financed by Trump supporter Robert Mercer, was created to build a psychological warfare tool, according to data analytics designer turned whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
He testified before a British parliamentary panel that for years they've used social media to identify patterns of behavior that can then be used to influence future behavior. Bannon specifically demanded messaging to depress Democratic voter turnout.
Research into persuasive technology reveals the activation of dopamine receptors, the reward centers, in the brain. "Diaper apps" are computer programs so addictive you don't want to stop even to use the bathroom. Stanford University research scientist B.J. Fogg warned years ago about computer programs' ability to alter behavior.
Wylie calls Cambridge Analytica a "full service propaganda machine" and an American shell branch of SCL Group, which used propaganda to sway elections in 32 countries by stirring up resentment towards minorities.
Wired magazine details how a Russian company, Internet Research Agency, ran "election management" propaganda through hundreds of fake Facebook accounts.
Persuasion is a legitimate sales technique. Brainwashing is not.
No foreigners messed with any voting machines in our election; they just messed with our minds. But too many "know for sure" it never happened.
Persuasive technology poses serious threat