THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART VII: COMPETENCE AND ETHICS

  “People grant their trust based on two distinct considerations: competence and ethical behavior.” Richard Edelman CEO, Edelman Communications   Just days before the Davos International Economic Forum in January, global public relations firm Edelman Communications released the 2020 Trust Barometer. The result showed trust in institutions at record lows. CEO Richard Edelman described the […]

THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART VI: PARANOIA AND PRIVACY

Every border you cross, purchase you make, call you dial, friendship you keep, site you visit…is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not. Edward Snowden A major facet of the Information Apocalypse is the cumulative erosion of personal privacy. The Surveillance Apocalypse has been sneaking up on […]

THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART V: THE FOURTH ESTATE

It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie. Austin O’Malley, Keystones of Thought, p. 19   The Fourth Estate is in a state of turmoil today, and traditional media is stagnating. Part of this state of affairs is the result of changing perceptions. The news media continues to be viewed […]

THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART IV: INTELLIGENCE SECRETS OF SUCCESS

The U.S. intelligence community … is the singular community that Americans need to trust to feel secure It’s that midnight kind of anxiety, where you wake up – or you’re already unable to sleep – and you feel that twist in your gut because you don’t know what to believe anymore. Does Iran really have […]

INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART III: THE WAR ON REALITY

[Americans] are latching onto narratives that they want to believe, regardless of how untruthful it may be The war on reality is taking its toll. Daily, millions of people find there is somewhere they would rather be than the here and now. Numerous companies, states, and non-state actors provide a never-ending array of alternatives to […]

INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART II: THIS TIME, IT’S PERSONAL

trust in our public and democratic institutions is falling away in a landslide An unknown sage observed, “Information is a tool of warfare, and information is warfare itself.” Three months ago, WAR ROOM featured my essay exploring the deteriorating information environment. Things are not getting better. Two major institutions are now emerging from crisis, both […]

THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE … IS ALREADY HERE

This is the real danger: that people become numbed by the daily dose of news disguised as outrage. “We are careening towards a future where the ability to distort reality shakes the foundations of democracy.” —Aviv Ovayda via Twitter No, there aren’t any zombies. But there are bots and trolls, hackers, hijacked accounts, propaganda, and […]