a dystopian vision of where the infoglut is leading us 

This really resonates with my recent speculative thinking on techno-fascism. From InfoGlut, by Mark Andrejevic, loc 3646:

At its most dystopian, the resulting information landscape is one in which those with access to the database can derive practical, if probabilistic (“post- comprehension”), knowledge about how best to influence populations while members of these population are left with an outmoded set of critical tools that, in practice, can be pitted against one another’s worldview, but which have little purchase on the forms of knowledge turned back upon them by database- driven apparatuses of influence. In somewhat more concrete terms, this dystopia would be one in which political parties, for example, might use giant databases to exert influence in the affective register (by determining which appeals result in triggering desired voting behavior), overleaping the tangle of “reality- based” policy analysis, verification, and so on. This asymmetry would free up politicians to engage in “infoglut” strategies in the discursive register (promulgating reports that contradict themselves endlessly, pitting “expert” analysts against one another in an indeterminate struggle that does little more than fill air time, or perhaps reinforce preconceptions) while simultaneously developing new strategies for influence in the affective register. Fact- checkers would continue to struggle to hold politicians accountable based on detailed investigations of their claims, arguments, and evidence, while politicians would use data- mining algorithms to develop impulse- or anxiety- triggering messages with defined probabilities of success

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