Trooopessssss. Although this one feels a bit phoned in.
One theory of mine is you can get a low buzz going just rerunning the old stuff, but to *really* get lift, narrative entrepreneurs have to add a bit of novelty (and really, only the slightest bit, the tiniest angle). But the cycle is still young.
Of course, it probably also helps if you wait until after the election to post it all.
But again, all of this is a good indication that election conspiracy theorizing involves less theorizing and more just running a standard playbook against new fields of evidence.

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9 Sep
We often talk as if most online political rumor is "event" based (e.g. something happened but why). But in practice I'd guess 90% of it is what Kapferer (1987) calls here "detail based" (I have noticed something odd, and will relate it to a matter of concern)
Classic example of detail-driven rumor is the Procter & Gamble logo. At some point in the 70s or 80s after more than a hundred years of it being around, someone said "Wait a second, these look like Satanic signs!"
In election conspiracism you find this detail-driven theorizing all the time. For example, someone notices the ballot envelopes in California have punch holes in them. Why would that be? Well, they say, obviously it's a way that votes can be detected and thrown out.
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7 Sep
I don't get too much into ridiculing ideas, mainly because too much makes you feel a bit crappy. But people saying ridicule doesn't work as a rhetorical strategy seem strangely unaware that it is one of the dominant rhetorical strategies of anti-vaccine groups and the like.
Does it fail there as well? Well, to answer that you would have to accept that groups do a lot of things that aren't persuasion, and those things work (or don't work) together as a system and serve various goals which are sometimes in tension.
But it's probably worth reckoning with the fact that a person's path to taking non-sanctioned therapies is usually paved with a lot of mockery of institutional claims and normies. You *are* all aware that "sheeple" is not a term of endearment?
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2 Sep
Such a great reminder that the problem is not the 15% of people who are anti-vaccine but the influence their constant stream of bullshit has on fence-sitters or delayers.
I mean, consider the fact that for every ONE adult who is anti-vaccine there are almost FIVE adults who have ALREADY GOTTEN IT. Now ask yourself, if you went on Facebook or Twitter or Insta is that the feeling you'd get?
If you asked a person on the fence what the ratio of people already vaccinated to those against vaccination was, do you think they could guess?
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31 Aug
The more I look at how the media has botched this Torrance 300 ballots story, the more I despair. Just finished reading an article from *years* back where a postal service inspector recounts the saying "where there's meth, there's mail"
The fact that meth addicts raid mailboxes and that meth addiction is a substantial driver of identity theft is the subject of multiple DOJ and Postal Service advisories going back fifteen years.
If you're a person with Google skills and perhaps five minutes to spare, you can also discover that these are sometimes organized "meth for mail" efforts, where "joggers" feed mail to dealers to resell/use. The mail is then searched for checks, gift cards, credit card apps.
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26 Aug
A note as I'm preparing for a workshop I'm giving on SIFT tomorrow, that might help other folks putting together workshops. The key to all of this is rhythm! I cannot emphasize this enough.
Like just now I was putting together my slides and my gut on them was saying no, no, no. And part of that was stuff like this
I need this in there, it's a really great prompt. But I put it next to this
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26 Aug
Also I'm not lawyer, but I thought it was interesting the issue is not one of bad faith but in what the lawyers did not *do* relative to the affidavits.
Again, not an expert here, but it's this over and over again. It's not about whether the lawyers believed it or not per se, but the fact that they had a certain duty of inquiry when presented with these facts. Ignorance can't be an excuse when you have a duty to investigate.
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