Fictional vs. actual cyberpunk dystopias: Cyberpunk predicted authoritarians would censor the truth, and hackers would be heroes for liberating data.
It didn't predict "swamp true information in a flood of lies, memes, and self-contradictory propaganda" would be easier than censorship and become the preferred authoritarian info-warfare tactic.
The limiting resource for truth-finding isn't data, it's *attention*.
Maybe the hero we need is less "hackers" and more "reputable journalists"
LB I still think it's hackers. But what we hack will be filters, preprocess layers, bs detectors, reputation system, memetic defenses, user agents, etc. - software layers to protect us against the onslaught of nonsense. Firewalls for the mind, because we're all ghosthacked without it.
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