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Dan Rather bemoans, “Our digital leashes have us tethered in body and mind to the instantaneous.”Ever since…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 5, 2017 at 7:55pm

House Science Committee’s Twitter Account Is Now Just Another Clima...


 ...there’s a new addition to the climate science denial trollerati — the Twitter account of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space,....

The @HouseScience Twitter handle has been pushing out partisan talking points and attacking “climate alarmists” in a series of posts in recent months.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 20, 2016 at 11:06pm

(Doonesbury comic strip) Trump giving a press conference: “Whether it’s the failing New York Times or the dishonest Washington Post, these are NOT good people! So sleazy!” “The mainstream media are slime, okay? You should be ashamed of all your horrible, false stories!” “Okay, I’ll take one question! Brietbart!” Reporter in the back, in KKK regalia complete with hood: “Thank you, sir! Is this transition great or what?” Trump: “See, THAT’S a beautiful question! Like unbelievably fair!”(click to enlarge)

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2016 at 3:56pm

Returning from a power outage. I should send my UPS in for repairs.
IQ2 has some interesting debates.
I don't like the following because the term Elites wasn't properly defined.

The editorial header still isn't working so Here's the information:
Published on Sep 16, 2016
The elites of both parties have expressed contempt for Donald Trump, and Trump has succeeded in part by channeling his voters’ contempt for the elites. Does support for Trump reflect an uninformed populism and misplaced anger by a large swath of the American electorate? Or have the elites failed to empathize with their struggles, and failed to craft effective policies to help them cope?

Timothy Carney, Senior Political Columnist, Washington Examiner & Visiting Fellow, AEI
Ben Domenech, Publisher, The Federalist & Host, The Federalist Radio Hour

Jennifer Rubin, Author, The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” Blog
Bret Stephens, Deputy Editor, Editorial Page and “Global View” columnist, The Wall Street Journal

MODERATOR: John Donvan
It's ~ 1:43:51 and provides some interesting viewpoints.
the title of the debate:

Blame the Elites for the Trump Phenomenon (Full Debate)
I can't embed it so here's the link

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 13, 2016 at 5:08pm

To me this image represents the takeover by fake news.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2016 at 8:56am

Interesting article in the Guardian

Meme warfare: how the power of mass replication has poisoned the US election

Spread from the bottom up, political memes are now a form of propaganda – and it’s killing our ability to intelligently orchestrate a political conversation

The upshot:

The tools we use to communicate are becoming counterproductive to actual communication.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2016 at 2:51pm many sub-sub-cultures that are emerging on the internet can't deal with reality, but only with their favorite "facts"/beliefs/wishful-thinking.

Related: news, search, and information "bubbling", "helpfully" showing us only what we "want" to see based on past searches and clicks, reinforcing confirmation bias in a vicious cycle.

(And producing valuable data to sell to advertisers!)

Sometimes media and internet companies slip:

Horrible Facebook Algorithm Accident Results In Exposure To New Ideas (The Onion)

“To those who were forced to read a headline they did not agree with when they visited Facebook yesterday, we are deeply sorry. [...] I want all Facebook users to know that you’ll never again encounter any ideas on our site that are in any way novel or ideologically challenging to you.”

Also, some good explanations and great illustrations about "The Filter Bubble" at

"Soon search engines became data monsters, spying on our searches in order to learn our secrets."

"Soon, instead of cruising the Super Highway...
You're trapped in a special interest ghetto."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 19, 2016 at 1:20pm

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The rise of tribalism interests me too, Bertold. See this discussion. I speculate that tribalism is in part a response to our inundation in an information network far larger than our primitive brains can process. I think people can only relate to about 500 individuals. We need to invent a social structure to mediate communication between communities we can comprehend and the rest of the information bombarding us. A role that doesn't just pander to our little community. What's particularly disturbing is that so many sub-sub-cultures that are emerging on the internet can't deal with reality, but only with their favorite "facts"/beliefs/wishful-thinking.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2016 at 8:24am

An interesting article on tribalism

Daniel Leslie
Principal at @reflexions, a digital development lab.

Tribalism in a hyper-connected world

Brexit is the latest darkness descended upon the Global Village.
A resurgent and toxic nationalism has begun to eat Europe alive, and the internet has become an accelerant poured on the flame.

. . . The growth and intensity of sectarian ideology appears to be fostered by, rather than diminished by, the effects of digital communications, and in particular of social media platforms which largely ignore national borders but reinforce cultural ones.

. . . For Godin, tribes are an ancient model for understanding audience behavior that is fundamentally modern. Tribes can be in indispensable for connecting with customers in the crowded digital marketplace of the twenty-first century. Cultivating leadership within one’s tribe, he argues, is critical for marshalling support for brands, politicians, or anyone else trying to sell anything to someone in the chaos of the new media landscape.

Will tribalism ultimately strengthen or undermine prosperity in the twenty-first century?

The Global Village anxiously waits to find out.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2016 at 5:04pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 8, 2016 at 2:23pm

March 18th "The Brainwashing of my Dad" will be in select theaters. I hope it's available near me.

As filmmaker Jen Senko tried to understand the transformation of her father from a non-political, life-long Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic, she uncovered the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP; the Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts; and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.


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