The Internet has enabled people to communicate, source information and form communities with fewer gatekeepers or barriers. The hope of a non-hierarchical network, where all speech was valued equally was a noble if impossible dream, especially in a political system still maintained and shaped by opaque and unknowable forces.
But as the technology has evolved, how people present themselves, their expertise and influence has also evolved. Snake oil has made its way to the online world, with influencers and experts able to shape and direct the narrative, command visibility on online and offline spaces and share fiction dressed up in the guise of expert testimony. The phantom of ‘fake news’ has gripped political discussion, but what about the networks behind it and those spreading information that banks on institutional respectability, the appearance of independent rigour and vibrant speech environment?
In this episode we will look at how new technology has fostered a new generation of charlatanism, and what that means for public discourse and organising, both online and off. To map this patchy landscape we are going to explore what happens when a 21-year old forms a political intelligence firm from his parents’ house, leading to a series of press conferences held on a DC driveway about leading Democratic presidential hopefuls and Robert Mueller.
If the internet is a house built for everyone, what happens when the charlatans or influencers have the keys...
Jacob Wohl on Fox Business - https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4124410465001/#sp=show-clips
Jacob Wohl, Teen Hedge Funder Turned Pro-Trump Media Star, Was Accused of Cheating Clients - The Daily Beast (Kelly Weill) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/jacob-wohl-teen-hedge-funder-turned-pro-trump-media-star-was-accused-of-cheating-clients
Meet Trump's Latest Market Whisperer: 19-Year-Old Jacob Wohl - Bloomberg (Katherine Burton) - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-17/meet-trump-s-latest-market-whisperer-19-year-old-jacob-wohl
Will Sommer - Twitter - https://twitter.com/willsommer/status/1058034843383185408
All of Jacob Wohl’s Spectacularly Failed Smear Attempts - The But (Bridget Read) - https://www.thecut.com/2019/10/who-is-jacob-wohl-failed-smears.html
Right-Wing Troll Jacob Wohl Allegedly Behind Fake Buttigieg Sexual-Assault Claim - NY Mag (Adam K. Raymond) - https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/right-wing-troll-set-up-fake-buttigieg-sexual-assault-claim.html
Jacob Wohl Charged With Felony in California - Daily Beast (Will Sommer) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/jacob-wohl-wanted-on-felony-arrest-warrant
Did a Far-Right Star Recruit Jacob Wohl to Terrorize Women? - Daily Beast (Will Sommer) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-a-far-right-star-recruit-jacob-wohl-to-terrorize-women
Jacob Wohl Faked Death Threats Against Himself - Daily Beast (Will Sommer) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/jacob-wohl-faked-death-threats-against-himself
Jacob Wohl Tried to Create a Fake Counter Protest to His Own Press Conference - Daily Beast (Will Sommer) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/jacob-wohl-tried-to-create-a-fake-counter-protest-to-his-own-press-conference
High School Jock Turned "Hedge Fund Trader" – Is Regulatory Trouble Ahead? - ValueWalk (Mark Melin) - https://valuewalkpremium.com/2015/03/hedge-fund-jacob-whol/
Jane Mayer - Twitter - https://twitter.com/JaneMayerNYer/status/1057371849439502338
Kamala’s Fake Lover: Jacob Wohl Told Me It Was for a Spike TV Show - Daily Beast (Will Sommer) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/kamalas-fake-lover-jacob-wohl-told-me-it-was-for-a-spike-tv-show
Internet Archive (CraigsList) - https://archive.md/r9BbG#selection-357.0-380.0
Are hipster coffee shops the new secret hotbed of Trump fans? - Daily Dot (David Covucci) - https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/jacob-wohl-hipster-coffee-shops-trump-meme/
Exclusive Recording Exposes Jacob Wohl’s Surefire Intelligence - Hill Reporter (Eddie Krassenstein and Brian Krassenstein) - https://hillreporter.com/exclusive-recording-expose-jacob-wohl-surefire-intelligence-14691
Inside the Crazy Cabal Trying to Smear Robert Mueller - Daily Beast (Will Sommer & Lachlan Markay) - https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-crazy-cabal-trying-to-smear-robert-mueller?ref=scroll18:00 - 20:00