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Renée DiResta is the Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory. She investigates the spread of malign narratives across social networks, and assists policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem.
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Extraordinary Popular Delusions
Selections from Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
Charles MacKay - Feb 16, 2017 (first published in 1841)
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First published in 1841, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is often cited as the best book ever written about market psychology. This Harriman House edition includes Charles Mackay's account of the three infamous financial manias - John Law's Mississipi Scheme, the South Sea Bubble, and Tulipomania.Between the three of them,...
Renee DiResta
Jan 31, 2021
@mims There’s a really great book called “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” from the late 1800s that goes into a bunch of case studies. Tulip mania but also witch hunts. Human psychology remains the same, the speed and scale have changed.      source
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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
Don Thompson - Apr 13, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting No. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million?Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark is a Freakonomics approach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world. Why wer...
Renee DiResta
Jan 17, 2021
@SeanNStJohn @ratemyskyperoom Yeah. THE book to read on contemporary art market “eccentricity” (scams) is this one 😉      source
The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Greg Lukianoff - Aug 20, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable BookBloomberg Best Book of 2018The New York Times bestseller!Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak hon...
Renee DiResta
Feb 24, 2020
@MichaelSmithLL @antoniogm That book is great      source
Propaganda
The Formation of Men's Attitudes
Jacques Ellul - Jan 12, 1973 (first published in 1962)
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"A far more frightening work than any of the nightmare novels of George Orwell. With the logic which is the great instrument of French thought, [Ellul] explores and attempts to prove the thesis that propaganda, whether its ends are demonstrably good or bad, is not only destructive to democracy, it is perhaps the most serious threat to humanity oper...
Renee DiResta
Nov 26, 2019
@farkasjohan This is such an excellent book. :)      source