Cory Doctorow's Plura-list newsletter/blog is always good, but today's issue is especially πŸ’― πŸ™€ πŸ™ƒ, with some wild stories of CIA research into mind control and commentary on how that relates to the stories Big Tech tells about what their algorithms can and cannot do.

Web version here: pluralistic.net/2020/10/09/bos

"Their hypothesis ("Is mind control a thing?") was actually a conclusion ("Mind control is definitely a thing, and we have to figure it out")."

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"We were presented with this in IPO documents and conference presentations as a fait accompli, rather than as a hypothesis. The companies attracted vast amounts of capital and built vast surveillance and analysis systems."

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"The ad industry's most successful product, of course, is itself: its ability to convince advertisers that it will spend its money wisely and multiply it through scientifically proven marketing techniques."

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"The only people these evil clowns really manage to brainwash is themselves and the people who pay their bills. Everyone else, they merely torture."

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