Perched precariously over some hungry ocean dwellers, our friend Bait is here to teach us something he knows intimately—baiting. Investigating the tricks trolls play, Baitwatch, by media researcher Matt Goerzen and artist Ed Fornieles, arms us with the tools to survive in a world drenched with information—to try and stop us from falling hook, line, and sinker. Because as Bait tells us, hooks can scar, and sometimes even kill.
Episode 1 examines “controlled opposition,” or when someone pretends to be their own enemy to undermine how outsiders see that person or group. In this episode Bait looks at how post-truth is also post-trust, a constant undermining of internet personas by the proliferation of sock puppet accounts who often trick journalists into reporting fake news in turn undermining faith in those journalists and spreading misinformation.