G. Kenyon (5 January 2016)
Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?
G. Kenyon, “The man who studies the spread of ignorance.” [Online]. Available: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160105-the-man-who-studies-the-spread-of-ignorance. [Accessed: 19-Mar-2017].
How did you find the paper?
Referenced from the INFT-4017 page1)https://lo.unisa.edu.au/mod/page/view.php?id=874401
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Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.
No, it is a newspaper article
Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?
The author is a reporter
What does this tell you about their expertise? Are they an expert in the topic area?
The author is experienced at investigating and writing news stories.
What was the paper about?
The article discusses the history, and apparent current proliferation of the prorogation of ignorance in order to influence a group.
the term "Agnotology", the deliberate prorogation of ignorance, was coined as part of work into the deliberate spread of ignorance by the tobacco industry following the following statement in a tobacco industry memo in 1969.
“Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.” 
As social media takes on an increasing share of voice in how people receive news, the propagation of ignorance through false or misleading facts is becoming rampant as evidenced during the 2016 USA presidential campaign and the climate change debate.
Consider climate change as an example. “The fight is not just over the existence of climate change, it’s over whether God has created the Earth for us to exploit, whether government has the right to regulate industry, whether environmentalists should be empowered, and so on. It’s not just about the facts, it’s about what is imagined to flow from and into such facts,” says Proctor.
If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
This article is related to the article regarding the advanced digital campaigns undertaken by Cambridge Analytica for both the Brexit exit and the Trump presidential campaigns.
If applicable, is this paper different to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?
The use of social media is increasingly being used to influence society by both government and/or bad actors. Clarifying the authenticity and reliability of this information as it is read by society is a major issue.
This question is to be answered after your critical analysis is completed. Which sections (if any) of your critical analysis was this paper cited in?
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