• Good news! If you can get the person you wish to punch to get one of those haptic feedback vests, wear it on their face, and then meet them in a compatible game like Pavlov VR, you can punch them in the face over TCP/IP! 😃

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    I can’t help but wonder if it’s 80% from old, Republican women because there just aren’t as many old, Republican men. They don’t live as long as Democrats:

    https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/study-finds-widening-gap-in-death-rates-between-us-areas-that-vote-for-democratic-rather-than-republican-party/

    (Yes, it’s true: Republicans policies and lifestyles literally result in more unnecessary/early deaths… It’s right there)

    Or it could be that old, Republican men still haven’t figured out how to copy & paste a URL or use the share/retweet buttons 🤷

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      In my experience old Republican men generally have some hobbies, in my area it tends to be hot rodding. But old Republican women not so much, so they end up playing shitty facebook games and posting shit.

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        I think it’s more that old republican men don’t like the internet, just going off my dad and his age group at the church I grew up in they all think it’s a waste of time or a communist plot. For reference these men are in their late 60s

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          It may vary by region as well. Most old dudes in my area arent all that religious unless their Mormons or some shit, they just want to do their own things.

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          It has certainly been a massive waste of time for me, I see where they are coming from there TBH.

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            You ain’t wrong, but these same guys still pay their bills with checks in the mail so I don’t think I’m gonna give them much credit on that point

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      Yep, lemmy isn’t even immune to it. There’s only something like 34k MAU on this side of the fediverse yet we’re still under a constant barrage of misinformation. politics@lemmy.world isn’t any better than reddit’s r/politics in that regard. The mods here, if I’m being generous with my interpretation, labor under the same misguided sense of “impartiality” that allows misinformation to thrive there.

      We’ve got one user posting anti-Biden nonsense 24/7 while tossing in just enough “actual” news for plausible deniability… And it works. I don’t even have to name any names, if you’ve been on lemmy for the last year and paying attention to political subs, I guarantee you already know who I’m referring to.

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          Oh I did that months ago. But I’m not gonna shy away from calling out active propagandists spreading misinformation and the mods for allowing it.

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        Both those guys are banned instance-wide on the instance I run.

        Disinfo research was a hobby of mine for a few years so I have zero tolerance for it.

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            IMO getting a bit into the psychology of why people want to believe this crap is pretty key. Narcissism, cognitive bias…

            Check this out https://github.com/rimu/no-qanon. Go into the ‘sources’ folder and start clicking around. A lot of the disinfo sites are in separate files but https://github.com/rimu/no-qanon/blob/master/sources/default.txt contains most of them in a big disorganized pile.

            Also take a look at https://www.reddit.com/r/QAnonCasualties/ to understand the human cost at the individual & family level.

            Google “Alt-right pipeline” to learn about how they’ve intentionally crafted a radicalization process. Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P55t6eryY3g.

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              Thanks man! This is helpful.

              When we talked last, I was talking about the social aspects (crudely understood) of it all - have general mistrust of experts, poor life situation, feelings of, or acutal, social isolation -> find people who seem to have a privileged knowledge others don’t that you agree with, make them your tribe -> have a position in a social group, slowly introducing you to more and more outlandish ideas -> repeat points to recruit others to the tribe and signal social value to said.

              So agree totally with learning about how this stuff works from psychology and human weakness POV being a vital starting point. Appreciate it!

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                Yeah that’s pretty much it. Then that gets amplified by recommendation algorithms and toxic social media ecosystems, of course.

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    A pair of studies published Thursday in the journal Science offers evidence not only that misinformation on social media changes minds, but that a small group of committed “supersharers,” predominately older Republican women, were responsible for the vast majority of the “fake news” in the period looked at

    Fucking Karens…

    They’re traced it back to a little over 2,000 registered US voters, but about 1/20 Americans followed at least one of them on social media?

    That’s insane, I figured there’d be more Kenvin Bacons in there rather than that many directly following the most popular misinformation spreaders.