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Understanding internet-related phenomenons including incels or influencers can be challenging. Online culture is a complex and evolving ecosystem, and recent developments – including sophisticated computer-generated graphics as well as advances in artificial intelligence and virtual reality – make distinguishing between reality and fiction increasingly difficult. This is more than an abstract problem, as the internet drives the radicalization and conspiracies that can fuel real-life chaos and violence. Thankfully, there are possible solutions. This guide will walk you through what you need to know. 

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Aaron Z. Lewis is a writer and a Yale graduate who has worked as a digital product designer for Uber and both Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the ride-sharing service Uber. 

 

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Internet memes and influencers are ringing in the age of “post-truth” as they become powerful forces of change in society.

The internet can be a platform of knowledge and connection, but it can also be a place for misinformation and division. Online interactions are especially susceptible to manipulation because they’re optimized for advertising: They reach a vast audience – targeted individually – and rely on algorithms that actors can discover and exploit.

Fake or virtual online actors are influencing real-life actions.

Some developments stem from sophisticated corporate marketing tactics, such as computer-generated influencers developed by ad firms that operate like human users. In...


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