In the words of the legendary Terry Pratchett, in the Discworld novel The Truth:
“A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth has had a chance to get its boots on.”
Or from one of my favorite bands, The Protomen in their song, “The Hounds”:
“When I say he was a monster
When I set fire to his name
It does not matter where you hear it from
Whether truth or lies, it gets said all the same
Whatever’s on the table plays!”
I’ve been on a kick recently about a propensity for us to misunderstand or misrepresent people who aren’t in our tribe. And how BS gets amplified.
In “How to casually radicalize a citizen,” we talked about how people with less-than-awesome intent can easily (and do) create a stream of the worst of the opposition. You can see this and then get a bit radicalized yourself, as we see.
But this is happening passively, too. I call it VOLUME BIAS.
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