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The Hyper-Tipping Point

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 22, 2016. 3 Replies

What’s really driving Climate Change Denial? Finger the Earth/internet threads.To touch the nerve center of our hyper-networked reality, step out of three nested boxes.Grasp that at 7 1/2 billion,…Continue

Tags: Climate Destabilization, meme evolution

You are social media's product

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 19, 2016. 6 Replies

Oliver Luckett argues that we're isolated with like-minded people in Facebook or Google because they're packaging us for sale to advertisers. Since such structure drives polarization and division,…Continue

Tags: information bubbles, humanity as a product for advertisers, social media, memes

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Comment by Grinning Cat 8 hours ago

I found the source of the media bias chart that's gone viral (and spawned a few biased "corrections"): Vanessa Otero on Facebook. It's marked with a Creative Commons - Attribution - Noncommercial "copyleft" license. Glad to give credit where credit is due!

(click to enlarge)

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 7, 2017 at 9:50pm

Closeup of a Donald Trump baby face, sucking on a pacifier whose shield is shaped like the Twitter logo

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 7:30am

It's good to have the Way Back Machine (Internet Archive) for fact checking.

When alternative facts are repeated they become Orwellian truths.

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 7:18am

Something around 52% of the U.S. population believe Jesus Christ will will come back in their lifetime to take them to heaven.

It should be obvious that facts don't matter in a world where people believe in alternate realities.

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 6:54am

Terms coined by the Media such as Obama Care instead of using the correct term Afordible Care Act shapes the debate. Surveys show that people like the ACA while disliking Obama Care.

ACTION ALERT: Tell CNN to Stop Using Trump Propaganda Term 'Terror-...

CNN (1/28/17) normalizing Trump’s xenophobia.

CNN is uncritically adopting the Donald Trump administration’s preferred label for Muslim nations caught under its arbitrary ban: “terror-prone countries.”

On at least three occasions since the executive order was signed, CNN has used the term without scare quotes or explicit reference to the Trump administration talking points, instead using the demonstrably incorrect and pejorative phrase as an objective descriptor of the nations targeted by Trump’s order:

Trump Eyes Temporary Ban on Refugees (1/25/17)A senior White House official made it clear that Trump will not sign executive orders Thursday targeting the refugee program or immigration from terror-prone countries.
Trump Signs Executive Order to Keep Out ‘Radical Islamic Terrorists’ (1/28/17)The order bars all persons from certain terror-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated “only for nationals of countries for whom” members of Trump’s cabinet deem can be properly vetted.
What to Know About Trump’s Visa and Refugee Restrictions (1/28/17)An executive order signed by Trump on Friday bans all people from certain terrorism-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days.
In these reports, CNN is reflexively adopting a Trump talking point without any qualification or explanation. What’s more, it’s factually untrue.

As several outlets have noted (e.g., Intercept, 1/28/17; NPR, 1/27/17; Huffington Post, 1/28/17), since at least 1975, nationals from the countries Trump is banning entry from have killed zero Americans in terror attacks. Whereas countries that have had some of their citizens involved in US political violence (and sometimes even fund designated terror organizations), such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE, are entirely omitted from the administration’s list.

If stopping immigrants from “terror-prone” countries was the objective, the list Trump provided would make no sense. By adopting the Trump administration’s framing, however, CNN is treating it as a rational response to a realistic danger.

Smearing entire countries as “terror-prone,” of course, puts immigrants from these countries at risk at a time when xenophobic hate crimes are on the rise. Responsible news outlets should be discouraging scapegoating, not fueling it with lazy and malicious generalizations.

Given that no one, in or outside the administration, has shown how these countries’ nationals are more “terror-prone” than other immigrants, CNN’s adoption of the label is little more than mindless—and dangerous—stenography. CNN should only use the term in direct quotations from the Trump administration.


Please contact CNN and tell the network to stop adopting the Trump administration’s “terror-prone” label as its own description of the countries targeted by Trump’s immigration order.


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Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 6:15am

I think it's worth the $50 or so to get a Roku box to use for news broadcast viewing.  Those who have DSL cable will get access to a variety of news stations on the Roku box.

PBS including, the News Hour, Nova, Frontline, Democracy Now.

European News,

Free Speech TV,

The Real News Network and more.

The Roku box seems to be a good value for access to alternative news sources that are viewable on the TV.

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 10:41pm

Corporate news be it ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN or ectecetra is presented as entertainment.

The interview David Muir did with Donald Trump was as good as it could be.

Fortunately there are independent investigative news organizations such as

Meda Matters.

Frainess and Accuracy in Reporting,

The Intercept

and The Guradian

for reliable news sources.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 27, 2017 at 2:26pm

Bernie Sanders on politics on mainstream media:


As a general rule of thumb, the more important the issue is to large numbers of working people, the less interesting it is to corporate media. The less significant it is to ordinary people, the more attention the media pays. Further, issues being pushed by the top 1 percent get a lot of attention. Issues advocated by representatives of working families, not so much.

For the corporate media, the real issues facing the American people— poverty, the decline of the middle class, income and wealth inequality, trade, healthcare, climate change, etc.—are fairly irrelevant. For them, politics is largely presented as entertainment. With some notable exceptions, reporters are trained to see a campaign as if it were a game show, a baseball game, a soap opera, or a series of conflicts. [emphasis mine]

These days more vicious news coverage from White Nationalist media are an even greater challenge.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 15, 2017 at 1:55pm

A Russian journalist advises how press conferences with an authoritarian bullshitter go.

'Welcome to the Era of BS': A Message to My Doomed Colleagues in th...

Threats. Intimidation. Endless lying. I've watched Vladimir Putin pull all the same tricks and stunts.

These things are carefully choreographed ... and Putin always comes off as an omniscient and benevolent leader tending to a flock of unruly but adoring children. Given that Putin is probably a role model for Trump, it’s no surprise that he’s apparently taking a page from Putin’s playbook.

I’m talking about Putin here, but see if you can apply any of the below to your own leader.

Facts don’t matter. You can’t hurt this man with facts or reason. He’ll always outmaneuver you. He’ll always wriggle out of whatever carefully crafted verbal trap you lay for him. Whatever he says, you won’t be able to challenge him. He always comes with a bag of meaningless factoids (Putin likes to drown questions he doesn’t like in dull, unverifiable stats, figures and percentages), platitudes, false moral equivalences and straight, undiluted bullshit. [emphasis mine]

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 11, 2017 at 3:32pm

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