Maybe the most unfortunately prompted thread I’ll ever write:
If you only came here for the fart, now's the time to leave. But—
If you care about that, read on.
You may have heard people freaking out about deepfakes—I outline in this thread why they're not especially concerning for the 2020 election cycle.
A shallowfake is a fancy word for media doctored with simple editing/motion techniques.
Probably the most notable example is the Nancy Pelosi shallowfake from earlier this year.
We're giving ample evidence that this type of throwaway disinformation media will be WILDLY effective during this election season.
Then all these "news" "outlets" could blast it out.
It's another thing to coordinate the *creation* of fake farts—or, say, fake audio of a candidate on the stump, saying something damning—& disseminate that through a pipeline that has been effected over the past 4-5 years.
Researchers recently demonstrated how 5 seconds of voice data could reproduce voices.
It's social media meth.
So what do we do?
(Look, I'm not trying to be a scold. Farts are fucking hilarious. I laugh at my own on the daily.)
& if you can pinpoint a motive/source/potential fault in whatever media is being shared, use your voice to debunk it in a civil fashion.
But when it comes to political gaffes, we need to be on our guard.
Boomers, Millennials, & Zoomers need to take a note from the Gen Xers over there in the corner, too cool for all this noise.
And one way or another, we're going to be barraged with way more of these farts in 2020, friends.