Beware of “Internet Studies”

The corrupt academy developed a whole cottage industry devoted to conspiracy theories about Russian influence on elections in the U.S. and worldwide.

For example, the Oxford Internet Institute describes itself as, “A multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet,” in other words, a leftist mouthpiece devoted to internet-related misinformation and Russophobia. This outfit is a go-to for the fake news media when it needs academic support for its political campaigns. For example, the Wired interviewed an OII psychologist Przybylski in article intended to downplay concerns about the negative influence of some tech on human health and to smack down  Dr. Jean Twenge, one of the top researchers in this field.

Philip Howard, a self styled professor of internet studies and director of the Oxford Internet Institute, said that suspicious social media accounts like those taken down this week were once more easily identifiable because they shared the same information from high-profile publications like RT, the Russian English-language news service, or Breitbart News Network. (Newsmax, 2018/08/04)

OII runs an even more pointed project — the Computational Propaganda Project. It’s probably best known for the wild claims that Trump won the election because of Twitter bots (1, 2, 3, 4), 5,) that were picked by the NY Times, MSNBC, and other fake news outlets.

via Dealing with the Con in Consensus

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August 5, 2018 at 02:53PM

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