I was in Best Buy today and I saw the legendary Christian Weston Chandler in the checkout. When I asked if it was really him he just said “no comment” and avoided eye contact, but that’s not all.
He then opened his wallet and slid me, and I am not making this up, a BUSINESS CARD with a picture of his Mii on it and every imaginable social network contact, email, etc, as well as a 3DS friend code handwritten on the back. He quietly said “if you have a 3DS you can email me your friend code” and went back to what he was doing as if nothing had happened.
Through a National Science Foundation grant, the federal government is bankrolling a database of “suspicious memes” and other “false and misleading” political ideas posted on social media. So far, nearly $1 million has been spent on the plan, which is based at Indiana University and known as “Truthy,” inspired by comedian Stephen Colbert’s concept of “truthiness.”
A major focus of the project is determining whether memes are created by professional political activists or regular internet users. Truthy’s “About” page suggests that such content distributed by the “shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns” is just one example of “political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution” currently lurking on social networks.
The ultimate goal of the project, as explained in the NSF grant, seems to include suppression of this content: “[Truthy] could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.”
- - Bonnie Kristian
What degree does one need in order to become a member of the MEMESQUAD?