Futurist James Cascio has written a timely essay about an emerging problem he calls the “Participatory Decepticon”. He explains that there’s a dark side to the proliferation of ubiquitous media capturing devices and easy to use editing software. Cascio says we’ll see a rise in participatory deception: purposeful manipulation of media to discredit individuals and groups. An early iteration of this trend can be seen in the political arena, where the propagation of defamatory memes is only the beginning. Coming next is doctored video that could do far more harm than a rumor.

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