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Misinformation, disinformation and distraction in media

How do we make decisions? Are they based on critical thought being applied to information we receive from the media sources we have chosen? Or do we take the shortcut of joining a team for group decision making?

A Commons by definition is self governing with minimal involvement of the state or the market. Finding the boundary between where the rules of the state should border self governance in a Commons is tricky. This complication is exacerbated when political tribes have their views framed by the manner in which media is presented or hidden from the populace. There is a lot of information packed into this post, especially inside of the videos. So if this topic seems interesting, please wait until you have time to review the information and then provide some thoughtful comments, regardless of how divergent your opinion might be.

How is it that whether or not to have a picnic table on the Commons can be predicted by polarization of political factions in a social network? Full disclosure: I have an academic interest in the mathematics of graph theory applied to studying polarization in social networks. So, welcome to my laboratory. Source materials for information in this post are linked below. The opinions and selection of materials are from me personally and do not represent any particular group.

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

This episode of The Breakdown featuring Assembly Staff Fellow Oumou Ly in conversation with Professor Jonathan Zittrain, is shared in two parts. Part one delves into the Berkman Klein Center’s Assembly program — which focused on disinformation from a cybersecurity perspective for the 2019-2020 year — and some of the big challenges that surfaced from Assembly work this year. Part two explores disinformation in the context of trust and platforms, and looks ahead at Assembly in the future.

Part two

Beware of social media rumors about vaccines

Q-anon has not only been garnering support on the political right, anti-VAX information is being spread through New Age groups online.

two-thirds of anti-vaccine content shared or posted on Facebook and Twitter between February 1 and March 16, 2021, can be attributed to just twelve individuals

McGill University

As people in Ann Arbor try to decide how we protect our health, it is important to look into the science and not be swayed by rumors. Here is a very instructive and simple video created by two doctors:

Social media creates bad guys instead of fixing a broken system

In recent years our local community in Ann Arbor has focused on depicting individuals as bad guys, with the implication that getting rid of certain people will fix our problems. You will have no argument from me that there is no shortage of problematic individuals around town. However, personality wars do not fix a broken system. For an introduction to systemic change, watch this short video:

Group decision making in a Commons?

Too often in a group it is the loudest voices that get heard. Or, there can easily be a cacophony of voices where each person believes that their idea is the best. How many zoom calls have you been in recently where each person is simply waiting for their turn to speak and ignores the previous caller, even if the previous call was a question to the group?

A tool and a process

Watch this video about integrative consent and collective decision making. Beyond learning the software features of the following tool called Loomio, it is important to understand the “people process.’

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