Until I craft my own, this will stand as the best description of what I think is happening to us in the politics and information spheres. I shared it two days ago, reupping now. My frustration with the press derives from its failure to see and act on this.
“If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer… And with such a people you can then do what you please.” - Arendt
How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy - Vox
Do yourself and our democracy a huge service by reading this incredible piece by and then, after meditating on its premise, share it widely with others.👇🏼
"Creating widespread cynicism about the truth and the institutions charged with unearthing it erodes the very foundation of liberal democracy. And the strategy is working." I agree. This is what we're up against: flood the zone. And it is working.
Getting people to give up on the very possibility of shared truth is the *deliberate* goal of the "manufactured nihilism" of people like Steve Bannon, argues in a good piece
“We’re in an age of manufactured nihilism. The issue isn’t a denial of truth as such. It’s more a growing weariness over the process of finding the truth at all. And that weariness leads more and more people to abandon the idea that the truth is knowable.”
this was great from . the old model — especially in the platform world — doesn't work.
Well this is a discouraging but illuminating take on why the impeachment trial didn’t change any minds, and makes me wonder what the implications are for climate communications...
“The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.” Read on the age of manufactured nihilism
We live in a media ecosystem that overwhelms people with information — some accurate, some bogus, and a lot of it intentionally misleading.
"goal ... wasn't to sell an ideology or a vision of the future; instead, it was to convince people that 'the truth is unknowable' and that the only sensible choice is 'to follow a strong leader."
“The instinct of the mainstream press has always been to conquer lies by exposing them. But it’s just not that simple anymore.” Vox’s on our misinformation problem
“Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy via
"The core challenge we’re facing today is information saturation and a hackable media system", writes, with many examples of how (some) domestic politicians and media are major part of these problems in the US
How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy - Vox. This piece by ⁦⁩ is absolutely essential reading.
The way impeachment played out underscores how the new media ecosystem is a problem for our democracy. explains
Manufactured nihilism: Why nothing Trump does changes the minds of his followers - using a technique pioneered by Putin. This is how we live now. Brilliant, crucial, must-read article by Vox's . Highest recommendation. [via ]
“Flood the zone with shit” - Steve Bannon How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy - By ⁦⁩ for
"Flood the zone with shit": How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy
“We live in a media ecosystem that overwhelms people with information. Some of that information is accurate, some of it is bogus, and much of it is intentionally misleading. The result is a polity that has increasingly given up on finding out the truth.”
In today’s partisan political environment, Trump’s impeachment trial is unlikely to change many minds. puts this down a polluted information environment and our “age of manufactured nihilism”
Everyone in media would do well to ask whether they are contributing to this problem or helping to solve it.
It's like a denial-of-service attack. via
“Liberal Democracy cannot function without a shared sense of reality” - another excellent piece by ⁦
'Flood the zone with shit': how misinformation overwhelmed our democracy - Vox
Fine article by : “Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy (I’d add that the claim that truth is subjective is often advanced by the far left on campuses, and this too has contributed to what ails us.)
And yes, I'll keep reposting this because I don't know how else to say it
Good god this is the clearest possible example of everything I argued in this piece about “flooding the zone with shit”
This is an excellent summary of why and how politics, and media coverage of politics, are in so big a mess
How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy - Vox
From my essay a few weeks ago
Relevant även för att förstå det svenska politiska propagandalandskapet.
"The goal, he told me, wasn’t to sell an ideology or a vision of the future; instead, it was to convince people that “the truth is unknowable” and that the only sensible choice is “to follow a strong leader.””
“The Democrats don’t matter, The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.” - Bannon
'Flood the zone with shit': how misinformation overwhelmed our democracy - Vox via thanks
I guess I’ll just repost this here because fuck it
Wow someone should probably write a book about that... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯