Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Look what you just made me do

The photographs were taken on August 1st at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, seeing how the Harry Potter movies were made.

Today I thought about Trump, of the evil he is causing to happen. But there are also people who are trying to profit from the chaos. One of the lowest form of profiteers are various hoaxers who are trying to gain notice by spreading conspiracy theories.

On Twitter there is a pair of such people, Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) and Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch), who are inventing things out of whole cloth. Their fraudulent claims are sometimes mixed up with research done by real journalists and experts who have concrete sources and who rely on their expertise on checking whether there is factual basis to claims.

I looked at the background of Louise Mensch. As Louise Bagshawe she was known as a writer of "chick-lit" novels. Her sister Tilly Bagshave is also a writer (perhaps with better skills). These days Louise Mensch is dedicated to trolling people who are susceptible and don't bother checking whether the claims have any evidence.

(Posting title is from the song Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift.)

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