"Inhuman Perpetrators" by John Ramsey
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Origins of this content
This texteo was produced for a film and media studies class at Brooklyn College in the fall of 2022 by Jay Ramsey.
The context of the texteo is a during a period of pandemic hangover in New York City, where people are generally reconciled and slightly uneasy about a new reality of inevitable contamination. People are largely trying their hardest to live the way they did before the outbreak of Covid-19; they're eating out, Broadway has reopened and doesn't require audiences to wear masks, and new strains and vaccines are generally accepted as a matter of course. People often don't feel their health to be in serious immediate danger, and prefer not to think about what kind of danger they may be in in the long term, or what damage they may have already undergone: physically or mentally. The texteo is responding to articles on the subject of misinformation spreading on social media platforms as reported by Bloomberg News and in research conducted by the Kellogg Institute; and by videos made by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, cognition analysis results conducted by a scientific journal, and advice given by an expert on microbiology at a medical consortium during the pandemic in 2021.

by Sarah Frier and Sarah Kopit

Kellogg Institute

Gordon Pennycook, David G. Rand
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Social media algorithms, particularly Facebook and Instagram, "provide all the necessary tools for anti-vaccine activists and other wellness hucksters to suck in converts," claims Sarah Kopit, senior reporter for Bloomberg News. "They drip anti-science skepticism into Facebook groups and Instagram stories and posts, where algorithms reward content that elicits strong emotional reactions, further amplifying the misinformation." Sarah Frier and Sarah Kopit

In research conducted by Cynthia Wang at the Kellogg Institute, at Northwestern University in 2021, the purchase of misinformation via social media vitality was analyzed in terms of the platform boosts due to algorithmic formula, and the psychological appeal of community that is found amongst conspiracy believers; a sense of bond and solidity among isolated people during a pandemic lockdown. 

From my research on the subject of misinformation related to Covid-19, blame for the spread of misinformation is nearly always alloted to social media algorithms and political influencers. In addressing the problem of misinformation belief, a key measure to reduce belief in false claims recommended by the author of the Kellogg Institute paper, is greater science literacy amongst the public. Today is available to nearly everyone. The public doesn't have the excuse that it did one hundred years ago; it cannot claim lack of access to education. It has the access, but not the interest. It is responsible for its own ignorance in a way that is new in human history.

According to a article in a journal called 'Cognition', recent research results showed that conspiracy theories and misinformation were met with wider receptivity not because of bias; but because of a lack of reasoning at all, rather than 'motivated reasoning.' Gordon Pennycook, David G. Rand

Sound bites and glib phraseology aren't the strengths of scientists, but to compete in so-called information wars scientists will have to descend to some media training and PR courses to be able to off set the targeting of fanatics and political agents diffusing the social media scene with misinformation. Lies and titillating scandals are more clickbaiting than sound and measured statements. But why isn't it more incumbent on the people not to be so easily misled?