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The encyclopedia of misinformation : a compendium of imitations, spoofs, delusions, simulations, counterfeits, impostors, illusions, confabulations, skullduggery, frauds, pseudoscience, propaganda, hoaxes, flimflam, pranks, hornswoggle, conspiracies & miscellaneous fakery / Rex Sorgatz ; Lorenzo Petrantoni, illustrator.
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9781419729119
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New York : Abrams, 2018.

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255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Slingshotting through conspiracy theories, internet and popular culture, and perplexing psychological phenomena, this compendium illuminates deliriously diverse subjects: Artificial Intelligence, Auto-Tune, Chilean Sea Bass, Claques, Clickbait, Cognitive Dissonance, Cryptids, Dark Matter, False Flag Operations, Gaslighting, Gerrymandering, Kayfabe, Laugh Tracks, Milli Vanilli, Phantom Time Hypothesis, Photoshopping, Potemkin Villages, Rachel Dolezal, Strategery, Truthiness, and the Uncanny Valley. Encyclopedic in scope, but with an incisive voice tuned to these bedeviling times, this is the modern reference book to engage a world rife with artifice and deception.
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How have the media, government, technology, and history deceived us? Have fake and real become indistinguishable? Were we ever unburdened of disinformation, or is deception bound to the human experience? Are we being manipulated right now, or worse yet, are we deceiving ourselves? These are the provocative questions within The Encyclopedia of Misinformation , a compendium of deception and delusion throughout history. In a frolicking series of vignettes, author Rex Sorgatz saunters through propaganda and subterfuge in eclectic contexts, including science and religion, comedy and law, sports and video games. Slingshotting through conspiracy theories, internet and popular culture, and perplexing psychological phenomena, this compendium illuminates deliriously diverse subjects: Artificial Intelligence, Auto-Tune, Chilean Sea Bass, Claques, Clickbait, Cognitive Dissonance, Cryptids, Dark Matter, False Flag Operations, Gaslighting, Gerrymandering, Kayfabe, Laugh Tracks, Milli Vanilli, Phantom Time Hypothesis, Photoshopping, Potemkin Villages, Rachel Dolezal, Strategery, Truthiness, and the Uncanny Valley. Encyclopedic in scope, but with an incisive voice tuned to these bedeviling times, this is the modern reference book to engage a world rife with artifice and deception.


Author Notes

Rex Sorgatz is a professional Orson Welles impersonator and third-generation lycanthrope who is responsible for rebranding contrails as chemtrails . No, he's not--that is misinformation! He is actually a writer, designer, and technologist based in New York City. His reflections on the intersection of media, technology, and culture have appeared around the internet, including New York and Wired .


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Library Journal Review

Unlike purposeful deception, misinformation encompasses perhaps equally disconcerting yet distinct areas including conspiracy theories, Frankenfood, and plastic surgery. Readers will find half-page entries on fanfic, mimicry, and the Streisand effect. Entrepreneur and Wired magazine contributor Sorgatz includes political jabs and profanity from time to time. VERDICT A fascinating browse, particularly illuminating on misinformation of the last 50 years or so (the Beanie Baby bubble; photoshopping) and reaching back to Xeno's paradox and the philosopher's stone. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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