Picking up on my
previous post titled Just a thought I have further exercised my grey matter in
the hope of imagining an antidote to the poison introduced of late by the
Brexiteers and Trumpists. Could a kind of networked truth-telling
communitarianism be part of the answer?
citizens around the world are turning their sights inward to what they can
control: the cooperative economy and becoming more connected with their local
of America’s hundred largest cities are controlled by Democratic Party mayors,
aware of and concerned by the pressures within the communities for which they
are responsible. The mayors need to be on the front line in the battle against
‘disinformation’, intentionallyfalseor misleadinginformation spread to deceive target audiences. The English word
is a translation of the Russianдезинформация,transliteratedas ‘dezinformatsiya’. The strategies ofdeception from Sun Tsu’s The Art of War had been studied in Moscow and widely used by the KGB: “I
will force the enemy to take our strength for weakness, and our weakness for
strength, and thus will turn his strength into weakness”. The echo-chamber
filter-bubbles propagated by Twitter and Facebook with their clickbait culture
rewarding eyeballs at the cost of integrity have added powerful tools of which
the Soviet schemers could only dream.
Post-factualist discourse marks apolitical culturein which debate is framed largely byappeals to emotiondisconnected from the details ofpolicy, and by the
repeated assertion oftalking pointsto
which factual rebuttals are ignored. Post-truth differs from traditional
contesting and falsifying of truth by rendering it of secondary importance. It
became widespread during the2016 presidential electionin the United States and the2016 referendum on membership
in the European Unionin the
Inhibiting the viral
spread of fake news will be one of the challenges to be faced as a matter of
urgency. Journalism guru Jeff Jarvis has written at length here about how this sanitization might be achieved. Success would mean the unmasking
of America’s president-elect as a false prophet whose words on behalf of the
‘ordinary people’ will prove to be nothing but empty rhetoric.
Sharing thoughts, observations, discoveries... venting spleen from time to time... the self-indulgence that a blog enables. On the Tumblr site I started in June 2010 it's a lot simpler... just images, although sometimes NSFW.