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[liberationtech] Fake News

Andres Pacheco alps6085 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 00:09:58 PST 2017


 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted {margin-left:0 !important;border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important;padding-left:1ex !important;background-color:white;}blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted {margin-left:0 !important;border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important;padding-left:1ex !important;background-color:white;}In my opinion, "fake news" is neither "new" nor a US-only phenomenon.
It's just one more trait of a "marketing society."
Giles Deleuze noted it ~40 years ago:

<<Foucault emerged as a highly regarded advocate of Glucksmann. He supported him when he published his book La Cuisinière et le Mangeur d'Hommes and in 1977 wrote a positive review of his The Master Thinkers. Only a month after this review, Deleuze circulated a short treatise on the New Philosophers, in which he mercilessly unmasked them. As he did not want to turn to the media, he decided to publish the text and distribute free copies in bookstores. In the treatise, Deleuze analysed how journalism was changing as a result of marketing becoming ever more important. Television and radio talks, discussions, and interviews often counted for more than the books being discussed. Audiovisual media in particular gave journalism the power to control opinion through surveys, to determine the importance of different incidents, and even to generate several incidents on its own. Deleuze talked of a "a new type of thought, the interview-thought, the conversation-thought, the sound bite-thought."[17] He realized that the New Philosophers, in trying to utilize the power of the media for themselves, were encouraging the surrender of thought to the media. They were reducing thought to the form of the interview, and jumping on all creative thinking in order to inhibit it. "This marketing enterprise represents the submission of thought to the media. By the same token, thought offers the media a minimum intellectual guarantee and peace of mind to stifle any attempts at creation which would make the media themselves evolve.">>
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Foucault-Blog - UZH - Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte: Deleuze, a Split with Foucault 


  
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Foucault-Blog - UZH - Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte: Deleuze, a Split with Foucault
 

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Towards the end of his prolific life, Deleuze wrote "Postscript on the Societies of Control," a succinct manifesto on the topic:
Postscript on the Societies of Control on JSTOR 
  
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Postscript on the Societies of Control on JSTOR
 
Gilles Deleuze, Postscript on the Societies of Control, October, Vol. 59 (Winter, 1992), pp. 3-7
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too bad Aaron Hillel Swartz was "suicided" for trying to open those vaults, but fortunately this particular text is freely available on the internet, pick your source. This one from UCLA:
http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/Fall15/252A/content/readings/deleuze-postscript-on-the-societies-of-control.pdf 

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On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12:40 AM, F LM <flucom.02 at gmail.com> wrote:

As someone who doesn't live in the US, I find this whole "fake news" issue somehow confusing. 

It seems to me that it's a very wide concept created by media like The Guardian, NYT, etc., in order to discredit certain efforts by Trump supporters to influence voters based on false information (social media profiles, online articles, etc.). However, as time goes by, I see fake news coming out more and more from that same left-wing propaganda machine with misinformation, highly-biased pieces and more often than not, blatantly false reports.

What are the first public mentions of this controversial concept in the press? Perhaps that would give me a bit more of light.

FL

> On 11-01-2017, at 00:27, Manuel Amador (Rudd-O) <rudd-o at rudd-o.com> wrote:
> 
>> On 12/09/2016 04:51 AM, Yosem Companys wrote:
>> Anyone know of any academic studies showing that fake (social media)
>> news influenced the 2016 presidential election outcome?
> 
> The election was influenced by fake media alright, but the victory in
> the U.S. elections is *despite* the fake media, not because of it.
> 
> Fake media — CNN, WaPo, The Times., all that brainwashing nonsense — 
> was basically against the winner.  He won nonetheless.
> 
> *shruggie*
> 
> I don't have to live with that result, but it's the truth.
> 
> 
> -- 
>    Rudd-O
>    http://rudd-o.com/
> 
> 
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