How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fake News

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The counterculture invented fake news in the late 1960s as part of Operation Mindfuck - a campaign by figures from Abbie Hoffman and Paul Krassner to Tim Leary and Robert Anton Wilson - to destabilize the dominant reality tunnel. Does the co-option of these techniques by authoritarian regimes today mean Operation Mindfuck worked too well? Or is it simply time we reclaim its power?

Rushkoff will share why he’s no longer afraid of the algorithms, bots, memes or deep fakes, and how their proliferation may just retrieve our hunger for quality journalism. Most important, Rushkoff believes we must stop seeing our world through the lens of television, and adopt a digital age perspective. He’ll show how by focusing on the subjects or “figures” of our news - from Trump to Coronavirus - we are missing the landscape or “ground” where all the action is actually determined. 

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