Seems that we naturally tend to believe what we read, as opposed to what we hear. Although, if you listen to LBC you may question that. We are also inclined to pack follow and want to think as others think.
The take away I have is that there already clearly are manipulators, via bots and algorithms, behind behind increasing amounts of our information sources that are manoeuvring the group think. The why depends on the who.
The cyber wing of GCHQ (NCSC) always said that it is not the sad-sack hacker alone in his bedroom that we need to fear but the huge, orchestrated, in some cases state sponsored ‘army’ at keyboards with their own agenda. It is sure there have been such operators behind elections throughout the democratic world.
I know this sounds like a mad conspiracy theorist but I also know there are more active companies, newer and better at the game than Cambridge Analytica.
The thing that most saddens me is the plethora of nastiness that pervades online media. Freedom of speech has become freedom of hate. As the far right uses free speech to practice hate speech against pretty much everyone who isn’t them they now have cyber tools to frighten and cajole the public into more misanthropy. I worry that we may already have passed the moment to stop an all-out assault on democracy.
I probably have too much time on my hands and should concentrate more on watching videos of kittens and puppies.