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How Conspiracists Dominate YouTube Climate Content

The geoengineering of consent: how conspiracists dominate YouTube climate content

Most YouTube videos relating to climate change prevention oppose scientific consensus and hijack technical terms to appear credible, says study using YouTube to learn about climate science will expose you to video content that mostly opposes worldwide scientific consensus.

That’s the finding of a new study published in Frontiers in Communication, which also reveals that some scientific terms, such as geoengineering, have been ‘hijacked’ by conspiracy theorists so that searches provide entirely non-scientific video content. Scientists could counteract this by forming alliances with influential YouTubers, politicians and those in popular culture, to ensure scientifically accurate video content reaches the widest-possible audience.

“Searching YouTube for climate-science and climate-engineering-related terms finds fewer than half of the videos represent mainstream scientific views,” says study author Dr. Joachim Allgaier, Senior Researcher at the RWTH Aachen University. “It’s alarming to find that the majority of videos propagate conspiracy theories about climate science and technology.”

Nearly 2 billion logged-in users – half the world online – visit YouTube every month, and research has shown that users see it as a platform for learning about science, health and technology.

Climate conspiracists

Allgaier wanted to know if the information YouTube users found, when searching for scientific information on climate change and climate modification, represented scientifically accurate views.

“So far, research has focused on the most-watched videos, checking their scientific accuracy, but this doesn’t tell us what an average internet user will find, as the results are influenced by previous search and watch histories,” reports Allgaier. “To combat this, I used the anonymization tool TOR to avoid personalization of the results.”

Employing ten climate change-related search terms, Allgaier analyzed 200 videos about climate change and climate modification topics. He found that the majority of these videos opposed the worldwide scientific consensus, as detailed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Most videos propagated the so-called “chemtrails” conspiracy theory, which is a belief that the condensation trails of airplanes are purposefully enriched with harmful substances to modify the weather, control human populations, or for biological or chemical warfare. Scientists have clearly shown there is no evidence for such a large-scale secret atmospheric spraying program.

Geoengineering has been hijacked

Alarmingly, Allgaier found that the conspiracy theorists have ‘hijacked’ some relatively recent scientific terms by using them to describe their worldview of a global conspiracy. In fact, ‘chemtrailers’, as they are known, explicitly advise their followers to use scientific terms in their content, so that they are not immediately identified as conspiracy theorists.

“Within the scientific community, ‘geoengineering’ describes technology with the potential to deal with the serious consequences of climate change, if we don’t manage to reduce greenhouse gases successfully. For example, greenhouse gas removal, solar radiation management or massive forestation to absorb carbon dioxide,” explains Allgaier. “However, people searching for ‘geoengineering’ or ‘climate modification’ on YouTube won’t find any information on these topics in the way they are discussed by scientists and engineers. Instead, searching for these terms results in videos that leave users exposed to entirely non-scientific video content.”

Allgaier also questions YouTube search algorithms – does its business model direct traffic towards videos of dubious scientific content? He found some of the conspiracy videos being monetized by the users via adverts or the sale of merchandise with conspiracy-theory motives.

“The way YouTube search algorithms work is not very transparent. We should be aware this powerful artificial intelligence is already making decisions for us, for example, if you choose to use ‘auto-play’. I think YouTube should take responsibility to ensure its users will find high-quality information if they search for scientific and biomedical terms, instead of being exposed to doubtful conspiracy videos,” argues Allgaier.

Scientists and YouTubers unite!

To counter the non-scientific content on YouTube, Allgaier, who recently spoke at the World Conference of Science Journalists about his work, suggests scientists and science communicators should take YouTube seriously as a platform for sharing scientific information.

“YouTube has an enormous reach as an information channel, and some of the popular science YouTubers are doing an excellent job at communicating complex subjects and reaching new audiences. Scientists could form alliances with science-communicators, politicians and those in popular culture in order to reach out to the widest-possible audience. They should speak out publicly about their research and be transparent in order to keep established trustful relationships with citizens and society.”

Johnny Orlando Releases “Last Summer”

Johnny Orlando just released his second single “Last Summer” today!

This is the highly anticipated follow-up track to his hit “What If” with Mackenzie Ziegler that garnered over 40 million streams across global platforms.

Mike Wise produced “Last Summer” and Orlando also worked with Toronto songwriter, Liz Rodrigues on the track.

“Last Summer” is about looking back at the previous summer, reminiscing about all of the memories, and wishing that one could have those moments again with a special someone.

Johnny’s more than 16 million fans across all social media platforms are already buzzing about the upbeat track. Johnny calls this one of his “favorite songs” from his upcoming EP.

The song is available on all streaming platforms HERE

 

You can watch the lyric video HERE

Meg Myers Releases New Album

Meg Myers’ new album ‘Take Me To The Disco’ is out today on 300 Entertainment and has been met with raves, leading the Associated Press to declare her “a genuine rock goddess,” saying “Myers definitely isn’t fooling around and there’s no denying the woman’s sheer talent, both as a songwriter and as a singer who can go from kittenish to face-melting in the same song.” The new album has also earned Meg a pick on NPR’s New Music Friday podcast, and praise from the New York Times, who dubbed Meg’s sound “seething and then exploding,” and Billboard, who called the new music “cathartic” and “life affirming.”

Meg appears today on Spotify’s New Music Friday billboard in NYC’s One Penn Plaza, and she’ll be doing a Reddit AMA about the album at 5 PM ET today via the IAmA subreddit. For more on the new record, read her recent interview with Uproxx here.

‘Take Me To The Disco’’ embodies dark pop sensibilities of Meg’s 2015 breakout record, with newly sharpened experience and maturity – where this time around, Meg explores love, loneliness and trauma with unflinching candor, facing her inner green-eyed monster head-on and attacking each bar with a primal ferocity. Watch Meg’s spine-tingling video for lead single “Numb” via NPR Music here: https://n.pr/2IAbyt6

Meg will embark on a national tour in support of ‘Take Me To The Disco,’ kicking off with a show at the Observatory in Santa Ana on September 15th and including stops at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, LA’s El Rey Theatre and more. Before that, she’ll stop by Amoeba Music in Hollywood for a special in-store performance on July 30th. Full tour routing below.

‘TAKE ME TO THE DISCO’ TRACK LIST

1. Take Me To The Disco

2. Numb

3. Tourniquet

4. Tear Me To Pieces

5. Jealous Sea

6. The Death Of Me

7. Some People

8. Done

9. I’m Not Sorry

10. Little Black Death

11. Funeral

12. Constant

TOUR DATES

Jul 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Amoeba Music

Aug 11 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory

Sep 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Sep 20 – Dallas, TX @ Dada

Sep 21 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock

Sep 22 – Austin, TX – Antone’s

Sep 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Sep 26 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Sep 28 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva

Sep 29 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall

Oct 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Oct 2 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Oct 5 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

Oct 4 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

Oct 6 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

Oct 7 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

Oct 9 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes Other Side

Oct 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room

Oct 12 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s

Oct 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub

Oct 14 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Oct 16 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall

Oct 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

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Culture Creators

[Los Angeles, CA, June 23] Friday, June 24, Culture Creators gathered black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof for the third annual Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch. This year, the event took over The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and received the support of sponsors such as Remy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.

300+ guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude. Bringing the house to its feet in a roar of applause, Sylvia Rhone garnered the Culture Creators Icon Award.

Other recipients included Jemele Hill, who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more. Celebrity guests included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank, Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, and more. Once again, Culture Creators magnified the resonance of Black Culture’s Innovators & Leaders and kicked off BET weekend in uplifting fashion.

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LIST OF HONOREES

Honorees: Sylvia Rhone | President, Epic Records // Jemele Hill | Chief Correspondent & Sr. Columnist, The Undefeated ESPN // Lauren Wesley Wilson | President ColorComm, Inc. // Fatima Robinson | Choreographer & Director // Brea Stinson | Owner & Fashion Designer, STINSON HAUS // Jason Bolden | Co-Founder, JSN Studio/ / Charles D. King | Founder & CEO, MACRO // Kenya Barris | Writer & Producer, Creator of “Black-ish” // Rashaun Williams | General Partner, MVP All-Star Fund // Shawn Gee | President, Live Nation Urban // Tunji Balogun | Co-Founder, Keep Cool/EVP, A&R RCA Records // Jana Fleishman | EVP Media & Strategic Development, Roc Nation // Kristi Henderson | Co-Founder, WEEN // Carlos Fleming | Partner & Head of Sports Talent Marketing, WME // Rodney Williams | CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR

ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS

Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, KeKe Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. Culture Creators also partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies.