Download e-book for iPad: Belief and misbelief asymmetry on the Internet by Gérald Bronner

By Gérald Bronner

This booklet discusses the media, ideals, the inside track, the web, and so on. however it shouldn't be visible as one more critique of the media approach, exploring with offended fascination the belief of a machination opposed to fact arrange to serve a society of domination. a majority of these theories, whether or not they pertain to conspiracy theories or, extra subtly, to a self-styled "critical" state of mind, have regularly appeared to be the expression of a sort of highbrow puerility. this isn't to assert that makes an attempt at manipulating critiques don't happen, or that our international is unfastened from compromised ideas, or certainly corruption; faraway from it, yet none of this is often the foremost issue.

In truth, fact can by some means be much more unsettling than these myths, in spite of the fact that subtle they're, that envisage the media procedure hand-in-hand with undefined, technology, etc, all in contract in an effort to lead the "people" clear of the reality. it truly is extra unsettling as the approaches defined during this e-book and that permit falsehood and dubiousness to grab the general public sphere are boosted by way of the advance of IT, the workings of our minds, and the very nature of democracy. and at last, it's extra unsettling simply because we're all answerable for what will take place to us.

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3 Further on, I will discuss the possible demarcation between the two. Why Does the Internet Side with Dubious Ideas? 21 different critics of the Internet culture do not seem to have realized: the fact is that the cognitive market is hypersensitive to the structure of supply, and automatically to the providers’ motivation. This is one of the main factors in the organization of cognitive competition on this market. Information seeking can be carried out from two main perspectives. On the one hand, this search can be handled through the confirmation bias: we already have a belief (which may be conditional) and we will tend to look for information in order to reinforce it.

They can be simple circles or have more complex shapes. No one doubts that these incidents actually happen, but there are various clashing 14 This study was conducted on 15/07/2010. 15 This study was conducted on July 19th to 21st 2010. It laid claim to the creation of these “artworks”. This does not dissuade some people from stating that those circles cannot all be hoaxes since, they say, some seem too complex and regular to be man-made overnight. They even mention the occurrence of biochemical events.

The actual algorithms that organize the effectiveness of the world’s first search engine remain secret, but we know that its cornerstone is called pagerank (PR). It is an algorithm that gauges the importance of a Website in relation to its popularity. This measurement is established mainly on the basis of the number of links to a Website, and this number itself is weighed depending on the popularity of the websites that originated these links. To establish this, thousands of robot programs roam all over the World Wide Web.

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