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Op Ed

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"That used to be you. It used to be me. We used to pay through ads, and that got annoying and now we just block them and donít think about it. These days we pay in other ways, maybe through surrendering our personal information to Facebook (who doubtless then sell it), or maybe we pay with our votes. Yup, we pay with our opinions and our freedom of thought. We stopped paying journalists years ago, and never gave a damn about them, which means that we can now hire journalists for dirt cheap. You got a marketing budget of $50k? that will write a LOT of articles, believe me. You have a marketing budget for your oil company of $1billion? How much for the US election campaign?

Journalism is cheap, and we made it so."

13. Re: Op Ed Dec 1, 2016, 04:35 shiho
jdreyer wrote on Dec 1, 2016, 03:14:
Again with "both sides do it."

Here's a guy who actually writes fake news for a living:

During the run-up to the presidential election, fake news really took off. "It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they're about to get served," Coler says. "It caused an explosion in the number of sites. I mean, my gosh, the number of just fake accounts on Facebook exploded during the Trump election."

Coler says his writers have tried to write fake news for liberals ó but they just never take the bait.

The definition of irony is a fake news article talking about fake news articles. That Coler guy is a Democrat, which automatically gives his "fair and balanced comparisons" zero credibility. You want to have real science? Real science requires large sample sizes and a completely impartial source.

Frankly, one of the reasons why I am scared of modern "Democrats", is this particular elitist undercurrent. They're very keen on spreading THIS kind of "fake news" - Facebook articles on how much more mentally superior they all are. Bigoted articles on how conservatism is for old people, "Buzzfeed research" on how more Conservatives click on "fake news"... 'cuz they're inherently dumb, see?

To that I have to say - if 20th century taught us anything - BEWARE of an ideology which conditions you to label millions of people as "feebleminded".

There's been at least two in the 20th century, and I've had the "privilege" of being raised in one of them. We were the Soviet "Pioneers" - the new, progressive generation, wiser, more humane and vigilant than "those old guard".

The Germans in 1930s weren't stupid. The Soviets weren't stupid. The Chinese and the Cubans weren't stupid. They all fell for this shit.

It's just that people never change. They don't get "better" - but they do get easily programmed by being hit right into their vanity, something that lets them confirm their inherent superiority. And they just don't see it coming, because the ideology wears a slightly different face than earlier in history.

Down with them conservative stupid fascist misogynist racist xenophobic rednecks! Yeah! Let's demonize the opposition, paint them with bold, uniform colors as subhuman pigs!

Seeing this kind of REAL, dangerous bigotry on my FB feed is what alarms me greatly. Modern Democrats who tow this line, need a long hard moment of introspection.

This comment was edited on Dec 1, 2016, 04:46.
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