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#4 SPREADING DISINFORMATION / TACTICAL DECEPTION

Im an imperfect human being, so I will occasionally lie. Given my ambition and desire to “win,” I will spread false information if that’s what it takes. Is this evil or sinful? I don’t know, but I do know that long ago my ancestors lived in a “kill or be killed” world! “What if everyone values the truth so little?” you ask. I’d say we’re living in that world today and many of us are doing fine. (Note: knowingly spreading lies, computer viruses, deceit, etc. is something honest people typically don’t do. If this hurts innocent people and is done for hateful reasons, most would say it’s evil.)

More Information About This Worldview Theme--note this table is under construction, last update July 2021

a spade WV Theme...

...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with: #3 Valuing Honesty, Learning  to make Choice #43    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:        is this theme new to version 4?--YES

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

  Worldview Watch issue #67 posted 5 /5/ 2021     Big Lies Can Have Big Consequences

Worldview Watch issue #64 posted 7/22/2020  The Ideology of Journalism

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

delusion  Disinformation  clickbait
bait and switch Military Deception 
  Truth Decay (about 2018 book)  

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1A   Humbly Unsure    #1B Skeptic   #5A   Scientific Materialism #6A Orderly & Explicable
#6B   Scientific Method #10   Secular Humanism    #13  In Human/Computer Hands:  Dancing With Systems    #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God 
#14B Moral Arc of Universe/Karma/Reincarnation #16B   The Golden Rule, Village Ethic of Mutual Help     #17B Gratitude & Forgiveness #19A  Competitive Capitalism   
#19B Corporate Capitalism   #20A   Elitism  #21B Service to Others #22A Economic Growth  
  #23A  Sustainability   23B Enoughness #26A The Consumerist    #26B  More is Better Mentality / Abundance
#27 The Small Producer   #28B Healthy Orientation #29A   The Self Restrained Person #30    Intellectual Freedom   
#31   Education for Democracy   #32A  Valuing Human Rights  #32B Culture of Tolerance   #34 Valuing Traditions and Status Quo   
#35B Working for Change   #37B Global Citizen   #38   Love As Family Glue   #40  Environmental Economics
#42   Ethical Orientation   #45A Borrowing Mentality    #45B Work Hard, Pay As You Go  #46A The Technological Fix Mentality   
#46B Military Backers #47A  The Attitudinal Fix Mentality    #47B Pacifism / Non-Violence #48B  Liking Co-operation-Based Communities
#49A  Social Welfare Statism   #49B Idealistic Socialism #50A Libertarian    #50B Left Anarchist  
#51A Ethical Globalization #51B Big Business Pushes Limits #52   Physically Challenged ==>Independent Living #102A Conscientious, Efficient
#103B Celebrating Team Accomplishments #201A Evidence-Based        #203B Egalitarian Progressive #204B  Limits & Ethics  
     

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #4: Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception 

The International Grand Committee on Disinformation and "Fake News"
"Why some biologists and ecologists think social media is a risk to humanity” by Shirin Ghaffery (report posted on Vox June 26 2021) 
"Briefing Cybersecurity: Ransomware" (report from The Economist June 19 2021)
Free Speech and Social Media (article from The Economist April 17 2021)
Dominion: will one Canadian company bring down Trump's empire of disinformation? By David Smith  (article from The Guardian   Apr 4 2021)
"Site That Traffics In Misinformation Fills Void Left By Struggling Newspaper" by Leila Fadel  (January 11 2021 NPR story)
TV Producers Should Not Escape Scrutiny by Oliver Darcy (CNN Business report January 8 2021 re those spreading misinformation)
Military Deception (article from The Economist December 19 2020)
“Facebook is a Doomsday machine” by Adrienne LaFrance (article posted on The Atlantic Dec 15 2020)
“Key U.S. lawmaker backs idea of a global agreement to govern Big Tech” by Jon Ward (report from Yahoo News December 2 2020)
“India’s ruling party invents a Muslim plot against Hindu women” (report in The Economist Nov 21 2020)
"How Far-Right Personalities and Conspiracy Theorists Are Cashing in on the Pandemic Online" (Time magazine article August 31 2020 )
Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by Andrew Marantz (book review from The Guardian October 13 2019) 
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (book review  by Robin McKie in The Guardian  Aug 7 2010)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.

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