How Political Tribalism Drives Disinformation

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This post is based on a panel talk I gave for TEDx MidAtlantic, entitled ‘The Threat of Tribalism’, on October 13, 2020. Video version below, also featuring Jennifer Kavanagh of RAND Corporation. Why has the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US and the UK so badly?  Political tribalism is partly to blame, for compromising our public … Read more

4 Simple Ways To Stop Sharing Fake News and Disinformation

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Introduction Fake news, more specifically known as disinformation, is a major problem that shows no sign of going away. If anything, it’s evolving in new ways to become more nefarious than before. Elections are always major flashpoints for fake news, and the US presidential election of 2020 is no exception.  Many individuals and organizations are … Read more

Dopamine and Disinformation: How To Quit Feeding The Trolls

Dopamine and disinformation are intrinsically linked. In this article, I’ll explain how this works, and look at some ways to lessen the effects. I used to spend a lot of time arguing with strangers on the Internet. It normally went like this: I would post something political and the trolls would arrive. I’d get stuck … Read more

Analyzing Trump’s Medical Disinformation on Facebook

US president Donald Trump shocked the world with his latest piece of medical disinformation. Trump claimed that injecting disinfectant into the body could be an ‘interesting’ way to cure COVID-19. He later tried to back-pedal, claiming he was being sarcastic. But that wasn’t how most of the world took it. Dangers of medical disinformation The … Read more

Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Tribalism And Public Health

During the pandemic, large crowds of Trump supporters took to the streets of US cities, demanding an end to coronavirus restrictions, such as lockdown and the wearing of masks. Britain saw similar issues, albeit on a smaller scale. Why are some people so determined to ignore public health advice? Part of the answer may be … Read more