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Fake Arguments on Fake News

Binoy Kampmark

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The constipated tedium that follows each call, denial and condemnation after another round of fake news and its giddying effects has become daily fare.  Entire episodes with the sanctimonious and the solemn are being created to show up the citizen journalist, the blogger, the self-opinionated masturbator of news, in the hope that some high priest set will reclaim the ground.

That ground, supposedly, is “truth”, a truly big word merely assumed by its advocates.

None of this is to deny that there is something dreary and depressing about accounts that are fabricated.  But this is an age old matter, and one that centres on the old question: Should you trust what is ever published? 

The facility to use language is as much a means of expression as deception. According to George Steiner, humanity’s Babel dilemma – having a multiplicity of languages that seek to confuse rather than clarify – had as much to do with the need to deceive than anything else.  Learn the language, learn the deception.

The modern attempt to evade such deceptions is conventional as much as it is flawed.  It questions the very media that was meant to disseminate accounts at speed and attributes traditional monopolies of truth to a Fourth Estate long in tooth and very much on its sick bed.  The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Financial Times have looked rather haggish at points.

There is a charmingly naïve assumption here: that the old press houses were somehow incapable of deception and censorship.  The influence of media moguls; the cuts and modifications of the editorial boards and government censors, are all historically distant in such arguments.

All that is Fake is new because – and here an element of snobbery creeps in – it is generated by the vox pops brigade.

That viral freight helped along by social media is being treated as the problem, the medium as dissimulated message. The Four Corners episode which aired on Australia’s national network on Monday is one such example, shrill in its concerns that the fake in news is undermining to democracy and its institutions. 

Its list of interviewed subjects supply us a Who’s Who of sceptics and critics about modern journalism and the dark steed called Fake News.

Claire Wardle, Executive director of First Draft, is one who earns her crust attacking this wave and engaged in the process she regards as “verification training for journalists”.  Her organisation supplies “Training and resources for journalists in an age of disinformation.” 

In her interview with Four Corners, she suggests how:

we need to worry about fake news. People dismiss it as frivolous. It’s not. I think it’s the biggest crisis that we face as humankind because it is dividing us.  And as we’re divided we’re going to get to a point where democracy is no longer functioning.”

Such a considerable overegging of that pudding is supplemented by other comments.

Veteran journalist John Carlin makes no secret of his aversion to social media platforms, and their means of getting the message through an intemperate scream rather than a sober debate. 

“What social media does is give more weight and more value to the people who shout loudest.”

But years before the clans of shouters got into the social media bubble, the Murdoch empire, through such trusty emissaries as The Sun, were happy pushing voters with reactionary prods and embellished accounts.

Behind such comments on the fakery of social media news is a paternalistic sneer, one directed against the great unwashed. Sometimes, the sneer targets a specific group, the abominations, the gullible freaks, the marginalised.

Phil Howard, director of the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford, suggested in February last year that the condition for consuming and gorging the fake in news coverage is limited.

There is an upside to all of this. It appears that only one part of the political spectrum – the far right – is really the target for extremist, sensational and conspiratorial content.  Over social media, moderates and centrists tend not to be as susceptible.”

That is all fine, if you treat terms such as “moderate” and “centrists” as fundamentally immutable and immune to the witch’s brew of conspiracy.  All groups are susceptible, and the artery busting fury at WikiLeaks in exposing the underbelly of the Clinton campaign machine in 2016 all suggested that groups of any political persuasion are very happy to entertain dark pulls and urges. 

Julian Assange, the celebrated truth sayer one day; pilloried Russian agent the next.

Technological reach has also given birth to a vibrant form of citizen journalism, the very sort frowned upon by conventional, often regulated networks.

In 2014, Time noted that “the growth of social media, facilitated by technological advances that allow Internet access even in a war zone, has made detailed, ground-level information on the war available online”. 

Such journalism is praised as fresh and fair when it seems to shed good light on a position; dark, bought and compromised when it does not. The term “fake” is as much tactical as anything else.

But press traditionalists remain wary: the global cutting back of the press corps has led to an increasing reliance on freelancing, leading to such fears as those of John Owen at City University in London:

news organisations can’t contract out their duty of care and moral responsibility if they choose to air or publish freelancers.”

The battle over what is the fake and authentic in news easily dovetails into regulations of control and limitations on expression. It emboldens the censor and the police version of history. Laws criminalising it have been passed in countries as diverse as Malaysia, France, Germany and Russia.

Some of this is being done with the connivance of the Fourth Estate, keen to accommodate the interests of state. Much information and content, as a result, is being inadvertently blocked.

Singapore’s own effort, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act 2019, ostensibly targets electronic communications of false statements of facts, the use of online accounts to facilitate such communication and “enable measures to be taken to enhance transparency of online political advertisements, and for related matters.” 

It reads like a gentle, sanitised effort, but its implications are beastly, permitting ministerial determinations on what, exactly, fake news might be.

Such laws, it follows, tend to be used with impunity, targeting any revelations and disclosures that might embarrass the state and its bumbling officials.

Sandra González-Bailón of the Annenberg School for Communication does make a sensible and cautionary point on such efforts. 

The risk of governments regulating social media is that they will regulate something that we don’t fully understand.”

Nor, for that matter, do they.

While the authenticity verifiers marshalled across platoons of fact checkers might well be thinking they are doing us a service, nothing ever replaces the sceptical reader who covers multiple sources to identify an account and question it. 

Never just read lines, but between them; never just accept news, but monitor its content and those who produce it. To the informed sceptic go the spoils of enlightenment.

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David
David
May 24, 2020 6:59 PM

This article is a bit bloated.

eddie
eddie
Sep 20, 2019 11:40 PM

But of course; think-tanks and churnalists justifying their pay-packet with the same old regurgitated topics, year in, year out.. MSM / alt media; 5-eyes non-events..
The “nothing to see here, move on” mantra is spot on regarding this dreary scenario, as if the five-eyes nightmare is of any importance to the other 90% of the Planet.. It isn’t..

Doctortrinate
Doctortrinate
Sep 20, 2019 8:44 PM

from seed to feed…but how much do we need – how much is greed, overfeed, does it mislead in it’s speed….to a stampede of the disagreed….is that the deed, for the masses concede, or do I misread ?

BigB
BigB
Sep 20, 2019 4:12 PM

Verum ipsum factum “Truth itself is constructed”. Giambattista Vico. There is only the one Gramscian Hegemony: and that is the hegemony of language over humanity. Which is invisibilised by the construction of Truth. Apparent truth. Contingent half-truth. The paradox to which is that if all news is fake news: this invites us into the Liar’s Paradox. This is not a mere linguistic paradox – as Nagurjuna demonstrated in the Madhyamika – the more you try to make a language true (concretise and axiomatise it) …the more tautological, inconsistent, and self-contradictory it becomes. Godel and Tarski similarly showed the inherent limitations of any self-referential language system. And yet consensus reality is shared by all those who think that language maintains a one to one correspondence from concept to reality …with no confession of doubt or inconsistency (signified=signifier with 100% correspondence and no ‘remainder’ of indeterminacy). Which is demonstrably and experientially false.… Read more »

Steve Hayes
Steve Hayes
Sep 20, 2019 2:21 PM

Facebook has claimed it is a publisher in legal proceedings. It made the claim to justify its censorship of Laura Loomer. As a publisher, it does have the right to not publish. However, as a publisher, it is responsible for all its content, leaving Facebook open to countless law suits, which would inevitably bankrupt it – precisely why it has always claimed it is not a publisher, but merely the provider of a platform. This dilemma confronts all the social media platforms: if they want legal immunity, they have to be platforms, which means they cannot censor; if they want to censor (as the corporate and political elite want them to), they have to be publishers, making them responsible for all their content, which would destroy their business model. I wonder how they will solve this dilemma?

wardropper
wardropper
Sep 20, 2019 2:52 PM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

I suppose the answer is to ensure that our highest Court is not corrupt.
Then it can simply point to the yawning abyss between claiming you’re a publisher sometimes and claiming you are not a publisher at other times, and make it illegal to claim that you both are, and are not, a publisher.
This sort of solution used to be called “common sense”, and all our grandmothers and grandfathers had it.
Now it has achieved the ridiculous status of being debatable…
The ignorant fool is now our most revered role model, and we citizens of western society really ought to be ashamed of that, or, even better, fix it.

Mucho
Mucho
Sep 20, 2019 11:04 AM

The fraudulent, anti-human MSM has really shown its hand with 5G, the coverage of the rollout has been a military/corporate sponsored whitewash of the real facts of this demonic tech. 5G is totally evil. It is the mark of the Beast. There are (were?) indigenous tribes around the world who believe the West is the Devil. The West is the coming of Satan. They are right, oh so right.

5G Wireless IS NOT SAFE by Former President of Microsoft Canada Frank Clegg

Brian Steere
Brian Steere
Sep 20, 2019 10:04 AM

Fake news is false witness and false wits work to mask over truth and so cannot be a true with-ness or workability – and the attempt to make them work is the assertion and demand of denial presented as the sustainability of internalised identity structure. As such ‘fake or false communication’ represents a sense of separation and disconnecting conflict as derivative ‘realities’ that operate a weaponised defence set in fear and pain of loss – condensed and focused in a tyrannous mind-framing given power of fear. That false witness may be seen as absurd or unsubstantiated or the lie of the intent to deny and corrupt truth, is not effective – excepting we see within ourselves and release allegiance. Because pointing out the errors of another will be interpreted as attack, and countered in like kind. Extending a true witness is to the willingness and freedom of others to see… Read more »

neverbefore
neverbefore
Sep 20, 2019 1:01 PM
Reply to  Brian Steere

I would like to establish some commonality to this discussion of propaganda and how it is used to differentiate the masses in the world. Understanding that the government and those in the class: elite-wealth-greedy and their interrelated monopoly powered corporations, think tanks, charities and NGOs are constantly conspiring to find ways to deny human rights and to deny the rise to power of democratic forms of governments. If you are not in the class:wealth-elite-greed (Class:<= WEG); you will not be allowed to understand how fewer than 500,000 class:wealth-elite-greed (Class:<= WEG) members are deployed and how they are taught in private schools and by social networks that they are better than and masses and they must learn to work behind the scenes to find ways to control the masses in the world (8 billion people). Additionally, will you not be allowed to understand the policies governments engage in on behalf of… Read more »

Brian Steere
Brian Steere
Sep 20, 2019 2:15 PM
Reply to  neverbefore

Did you intent your post to be in response to mine? Identification is not JUST passive inheritance but actively acquired. Propaganda is the weaponisation and marketisation of language – as distinct from its function AS communication. The collective idea of the ‘world’ is not fixed, immutable or imposed. I sense you want to make a structural container into and by which to explain your world. But it is your world – and others have their own structural filters and rules to ‘explain’ or justify their world. If people can so easily be manipulated – as in some sense seems so – how and why? I sketch the inner terrain of the mind that is shared by alliance no less than by polarised opposition – as a reflective opportunity to check your ‘world’ with who you recognise and accept yourself to be – instead of running on acquired and inherited conditioning.… Read more »

vexarb
vexarb
Sep 20, 2019 9:39 AM

Published in 1918, after the Anglo Zio Capitalist oil grab known as WW1. Written by one of the few Englishmen who opposed the Empire’s grab of the Afrikaaner Free Republics (Boer War 1899-1902). The Century of Resource Wars has bred The Century of Lies: “The Free Press, by Hilaire Belloc. Synopsis These things appeared first of all in England, because England was the only province of Europe wherein the old Latin tradition ran side by side with the novel effects of Protestantism. It was the defection of the English Crown, the immense booty rapidly obtained by a few adventurers, like the Cecils and Russells, and a still smaller number of old families, like the Howards, which put England, with all its profound traditions and with all its organic inheritance of the great European thing, upon the side of the Northern Germanies. It was inevitable, therefore, that in England the fruits… Read more »

falcemartello
falcemartello
Sep 20, 2019 8:37 AM

Qui tacet consentir videtur Silence betokens consent.
Post Scriptum:The Orwellian dystopian reality of language and who controls the narrative. Old Vico and Gramsci principles.
Docius in Fundem: The elites are running scared and tempest fugit.

vexarb
vexarb
Sep 20, 2019 9:21 AM
Reply to  falcemartello

@Hammer&Sickle. Tempus fugit, OK; but what does Docius in Fundem mean — the Bottom Line?

falcemartello
falcemartello
Sep 20, 2019 9:30 AM
Reply to  vexarb

Old neapolitan latin expression. Last but not least. Literal meaning one could say bottom line. But in Naples it always reference to last but not least. They being the elites are having difficulty controlling the narrative hence the bogus news bogus academia bogus statutes bogus economy and bogus society. Western paradigm is nigh as a neapolitan i can only say “Ben venga la caduta di Roma Due”.
But I digress the largest wealth gap since the Gilded age but hell whats a few million lives worth this day and age.

andyoldlabour
andyoldlabour
Sep 20, 2019 8:25 AM

Fake news?
Was the Skripal/Salisbury farce a cover up for something far more sinister and deadly?
Who has heard of the Gosport NHS Trust scandal, where at least 450 patients were found to have been killed by over prescribed medication?
The story broke in March/April 2018 at the same time as the so called poisoning of three people (and later death of one woman) by the most deadly nerve agent known to man, yet was quickly brushed under the carpet by the press as we were being force fed “news” for weeks and months on end about a clearly fabricated incident.
Nobody I have spoken to has heard of the Gosport cover up and doesn’t believe me when I tell them of the numbers of patients involved.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-died-nhs-due-gosport-12783501

https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1596982/Dr-Barton-linked-to-656-deaths-as-lethal-painkillers-shorten-pensioners-lives

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/news-and-campaigns/latest-caring-news/gosport-hospital-deaths-33516

RopeResearch
RopeResearch
Sep 20, 2019 11:13 AM
Reply to  andyoldlabour

Institutionalised regime of shortening pensioners’ lives???

It would be interesting to know how political affiliation influenced the decision making process.

andyoldlabour
andyoldlabour
Sep 20, 2019 12:14 PM
Reply to  RopeResearch

RopeResearch
Indeed, I have been thinking exactly that. I suffer from a long time medical condition and have to use a sophisticated piece of medical equipment every day.
Until 3 months ago, that equipment was totally under my control as it had been for the past 17 years and it worked fine. 3 months ago I was informed that I would have to have a replacement, and then informed that the “specialists/technicians” at the hospital would be able to monitor me and make reqired chasnges via the cloud.
It is patently obvious to me that since this latest piece of kit was foist on me, my health has declined and it is definitely not doing the job that the old kit was doing.
I am worried, but don’t know who to talk to or trust.

RopeResearch
RopeResearch
Sep 20, 2019 1:19 PM
Reply to  andyoldlabour

Snowden said, we are all under surveillance. So, I imagine, with having a remotely controlled medical device, it would be wise to recite the national anthem every morning.

Some people with chronic medical conditions, also suffer from ‘social isolation’. If you’re in this situation, increasing social interaction is a very good step to take.

lundiel
lundiel
Sep 20, 2019 1:31 PM
Reply to  andyoldlabour

I’ve heard of Gosport and I don’t think there was a conspiracy. It’s inevitable after an incident like this that enraged relatives smelling a financial opportunity come loading out of the woodwork. I just hope all this doesn’t mean I will be denied a shot of diamorphine to help when I’m dying in pain in a hospital bed I’ll never leave. The woman at the heart of Gosport was, I believe, not trying to do them harm.

vexarb
vexarb
Sep 20, 2019 3:57 PM
Reply to  lundiel

Very tricky. I’m with you, Lundiel, because I have seen someone pleading unsuccessfully for a painfree end and being told, We are not your executioners.

On the other hand I had Measure for Measure as a set book, and this rings in my ears:

“Your heirs, the mere effusion of your proper loins,
Will curse the gout, serpigo and the rheum,
For ending you no sooner.”

I met a physician who treated the very rich, and she told me there was no problem; she gave her patients a motorized syringe and told them to inject as much as they liked, because opium derivatives have fewer toxic side effects than aspirin derivatives. A hospice worker wrote that cancer patients receive huge doses without becoming addicted; (perhaps because they associate the drug with pain?).

lundiel
lundiel
Sep 20, 2019 4:19 PM
Reply to  vexarb

Knowing human nature, I’m sure anything is possible and has happened. I though, am very weary of claims by statisticians which were accepted wholesale after Mid Staffs. In this case they are claiming 656 deaths were caused by Dr Barton. All these people were dying, none were going to get better and most had multiple conditions. How anyone can sort through that and determine anything other than over prescribing is impossible and given that tolerance is different for everyone, I’d make a case that unless death was directly attributable to overdose (death by asphyxiation on their vomit). The rest is unhelpful speculation.

lundiel
lundiel
Sep 20, 2019 4:31 PM
Reply to  vexarb

I admit, I’m not completely impartial in this matter. I can never forget the odious Julie Bailey and her political campaign against the NHS, so strongly supported by the tabloid press and UKIP.

vexarb
vexarb
Sep 20, 2019 4:59 PM
Reply to  lundiel

@Lundiel: “I am wary of claims by statisticians which were accepted wholesale”.

So am I. Especially the claim that Hilary Clinton had a 99.99% chance of winning against Trump (prediction by Math Dept of Princeton U). Or the claim that taking Statins every day will save x% lives over age y.

Stephen Morrell
Stephen Morrell
Sep 20, 2019 8:17 AM

For decades, the fourth estate has been sinking and shrinking ever further into an untruthful, but sponsored, and fact-scarce irrelevance, into a much-deserved abyss. The monopoly under which everyone has been deceived and manipulated is gone, and with each new exposure of its ruling class narratives as the dreary lies they are, or of its being so wedded to a mythical worldview that only the most seriously credulous, demented or cocooned can accept, the more the corporate media lashes out at those who point out that that media emperor has no clothes. The parallels with the decline of the US empire are striking, with the latter similarly lashing out at anyone who questions its ‘exceptionalism’, ‘manifest destiny’ and ‘monopoly’ on war making against ‘aggression’ and for ‘peace’. Like the decaying US empire, the declining corporate media are ‘projecting’. The corporate media’s main problem in trying to recover its lost ‘authority’… Read more »

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Sep 20, 2019 7:56 AM

“It appears that only one part of the political spectrum – the far right – is really the target for extremist, sensational and conspiratorial content. Over social media, moderates and centrists tend not to be as susceptible.”

And what about the far left?

“… news organisations can’t contract out their duty of care and moral responsibility if they choose to air or publish freelancers.”

Does that include ‘Bellingcat’?

Ash
Ash
Sep 20, 2019 6:04 PM
Reply to  Seamus Padraig

They studiously pretend there’s no such thing as the left.

RopeResearch
RopeResearch
Sep 20, 2019 6:38 AM

Antidote?

A suggestion to include, in every new article in alternative media, a section titled ‘Did you know?’.
This section shows at least one fact of criminality committed by the americans. The usefulness of such would be to increase awareness of why the empire does not deserve the political and economic power/clout it has now. Also it serves to replace (or at least explain) what would be labelled anti-americanism sentiments with Facts. Straight forward F.A.C.T.S.

Here is an example:

Did you know?

My Lai was just one of many massacres committed by America in Vietnam.

The industrial-scale slaughter was equivalent to a “My Lai each month”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23427726

Sophie - Admin1
Admin
Sophie - Admin1
Sep 20, 2019 12:43 PM
Reply to  RopeResearch

So, you try to vote and the software tells you you’ve already done so?

The only reason for that would be if someone who shared your IP had previously voted. That’s technically possible if you have a dynamic IP – most private homes do – but it seems quite unlikely it would happen routinely.

Does anyone else reading this get this problem?

FrankSpeaker
FrankSpeaker
Sep 20, 2019 6:34 AM

In our new age of Inverted Totalitarianism (Wolin), the shrill accusations of something being labelled as ‘fake news’ by the Establishment should instead be taken as a strong assurance of it being quite the opposite; the truth.

Gary Weglarz
Gary Weglarz
Sep 20, 2019 6:29 AM

Mossedegh is a communist – he had to go; Arbenz is a communist – he had to go; a “magic bullet” proves Oswald was a lone assassin; North Vietnam attacked the U.S. in the “Gulf of Tonkin” forcing us to unleash our American war machine; JRK, MalcolmX, MLK and RFK were all assassinated within five years of each other with no U.S. government involvement whatsoever; “We are not secretly bombing Cambodia and Laos;” Allende is a communist – he had to go; there are no death squads in Latin America and we’re not training and arming those death squads that, well, don’t exist; – this is just a brief tour of some of the highlights U.S. foreign and domestic policy of the freaking 1950’s and 1960’s! The reporting on all of it was “fake news.” The news media lied about these events at the time, and they have done nothing… Read more »

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 20, 2019 8:28 AM
Reply to  Gary Weglarz

Gore Vidal was always one of the most quotable commentators. Some example (probably paraphrased):

“Any order that has successfully demonized the word ‘liberal’ has effectively stifled all opposition to itself.”

“America is the only country in the world that believes in socialism for the rich and private enterprise for the poor.”

“’Conspiracy theory’ has become a code for ‘unspeakable truth’.”

Maggie
Maggie
Sep 20, 2019 12:37 PM
Reply to  George Mc

ADMIN…
I have just discovered WHY I am being registered as already voting when I have NOT. You are registering my Husband as ME!
This needs sorting out.

Sophie - Admin1
Admin
Sophie - Admin1
Sep 20, 2019 12:47 PM
Reply to  Maggie

Ah. The software registers IPs and excludes multiple votes from the same one. Your husband will just have to move out I’m afraid!

UreKismet
UreKismet
Sep 20, 2019 4:52 AM

Although an Oz citizen, I haven’t lived there since just after Keating won the election he was meant to lose. Back then the ABC was a useful resource particularly if like myself your existence was concentrated on providing indigenous Australians who lived on remote communities and had a limited comprehension of whitefella greed and duplicity, with training in the skills & knowledge necessary to prevent pols from exploiting clans. The ABC, particularly the NT branch, could be counted on to usually have objective news stories about the problems a mob was having with territory, state or federal government. This was an important resource if the government that a particular mob was struggling with was a self-described ‘lefty’ administration. The Keating gang were no such thing, although I will say they weren’t as reactionary & racist as the lib or ALP administrations which came later, but they were still penny pinching… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Sep 20, 2019 6:59 AM
Reply to  UreKismet

The ABC were thoroughly gelded under John (we’ll follow the empires to war) Howard’s regime.
They are now a PR unit for the Corparasites.

RopeResearch
RopeResearch
Sep 20, 2019 4:05 AM

From the time Assange was about to be carried away to prison, every little distraction in the world was amplified into a news storm by the Controlled Corporate Mass Media.

The howling is getting louder, and this is the giveaway that they are hiding adverse policies and crimes behind all the amplified noise.

Mark Parker
Mark Parker
Sep 20, 2019 3:41 AM

-> fact checkers might well be thinking they are doing us a service

Nahh, they have an AGENDA to feed you, and you better eat it up and like it.

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Sep 20, 2019 3:10 AM

The ABC and Murdoch’s maggots have a bad case of ‘the SHITPOTS calling the kettles black’

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Sep 20, 2019 3:04 AM

Mostly now I don’t watch or listen to ABC or SBS here in Oz anymore. Made an exception with the Houthis attack on the Abqaiq refinery. And yep, the coverage was so predictable. All in lock step with the narrative they want us to swallow: The West = Good Guys, Iran = Evil Guys.
Claire Wardle is just another apparatchik of the Anglo Zionist Empire. Remember doing some research on First Draft when it came to prominence a while back.
The more blatantly obvious they become in their dissemination of imperialist propaganda, the more people will hit the off button, stop buying newspapers, and just stop listening. And that’ll be really good news indeed.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Sep 20, 2019 4:21 AM
Reply to  Gezzah Potts

You don’t get that everyone is online Internet reading the tripe hashed out whether it is legitimate or not. Most of the discourse is repetitious to a point of being drivel on most days. Internet is only interesting when something is brewing for investigation. Most of the drivel offered up is mere repetitious propaganda and everyone realizes it but continues to read it anyways. Internet today is events driven. Bombast from the twittersphere is dying out and being replaced by geopolitical & macroeconomic risks inflicted & telegraphed mostly via the USA & Israel week-to-week. Do you honestly think Zombies on Internet are going to all of a sudden wake the hell up and realize they are being programmed daily with programmed drivel to make them comfortable at their desktops? Zombies on the Internet are not being programmed to critically think about all the advertisements that are being bombarded with second… Read more »

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Sep 20, 2019 7:16 AM

Thanks for your reply MOU. No, I’ve never used Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever social media there is. None. And yes, I see every single day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, people staring at their phones or laptops. Completely zombified; as you say. I get your point about digital mediums, tho was talking about the more traditional media like TV News or Newspapers.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Sep 22, 2019 7:36 PM
Reply to  Gezzah Potts

I get your point but Internet is now the main stream when it comes to traditional media as the traditional media has taken over the Internet so that information will never be free like Dr. Tim Berners Lee designed it to be in case of worldwide conflagration & all out war.

Don’t forget who designed the Internet and who contracted to have it designed too.
The USAMRY paid Dr. Tim Berners Lee a pretty penny for his work. Berners Lee sold out to the man, man.

Not only was the Internet designed by a bum but it was made for bums too, and America taxpayers paid for it in taxation.

Right now I’ll bet petrodollars to donuts that Tim Berners Lee is sipping the finest wines at our expense.

MOU

bevin
bevin
Sep 20, 2019 1:53 AM

” fake news… I think it’s the biggest crisis that we face as humankind because it is dividing us. ”

She’s harking back to the good old days when Australia’s youth merrily joined up to fight “evil” in the Dardanelles because only a tiny minority, with no voice in the media, dissented from the propaganda. the ruling class doesn’t like it when people laugh at their ludicrous lies. Such as the Skripal or Russiagate nonsenses, both of which are only credited by people who have neither the time or inclination to pay attention.
Them and the intellectuals/political class who have sold their souls, whose existence they deny, and other orifices for a few years of prosperity and the comfort that comes from siding with power.

Richard Wicks
Richard Wicks
Sep 20, 2019 12:58 AM

There’s a lot of word salad in here. Anyhow, has the NY Times found that weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq yet that Judith Miller was reporting on? Has the BBC figured out how the Skripals were poisoned by Putin, and how he botched that job nobody died, except for the Skripal’s pets – that were euthanized. Has MSNBC figured out where that Russian Collusion was and how “Russia” hacked the United States elections? Has the entire Western media figured how how Assad, an ophthalmologist by training, is so incredibly stupid, that he kept gassing his civilian population, using the ONLY weapon that the US could use as an excuse to bomb Syria, and never thought once about using his military and airforce to do the same job? Well, there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the Skripals weren’t poisoned, there was no Russian collusion, and Assad… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Sep 20, 2019 7:08 AM
Reply to  Richard Wicks

‘Word salad’
Binoy does have an unusual turn of phrase, but at least he’s with us and very busy at that.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Sep 19, 2019 11:58 PM

Hunter S. Thompson would wholeheartedly agree with this article.

MOU