Do various political groups try to hijack the cult-ure in order to trend, pull the Overton window towards them and reach a wider audience? Yes
It's pretty much the name of the game nowadays, but does it justify messages crafted to foster hate and anger? No
It's not really the logistical methods used that are the problem, but the ensuing hate and anger as I don't mind groups using the same logistical methods to pass on messages crafted to foster compassion, understanding and the protection of one's free will while respecting the free will of others ( true freedom ).
I'm not saying that the ends justify the means only in some cases, but in the current context until we can get even the most vulnerable persons to propaganda to have the automatic reflex to think by themselves in a critical and logical manner, that's the situation we're stuck with.
Reintegrating the Trivium
in schools at the youngest possible age and teaching them to avoid cognitive biases and sophisms/logical fallacies would give everyone very good basic tools, possibly even enough that propaganda would become mostly futile.
I doubt it'll happen as it would also cripple our own propaganda's effect on our own populace. Imagine everyone putting into question their own cult-ure at the youngest possible age... This is the kind of stuff that leads to instability, protests, drastic change, if not simply revolutions. It's part of the reason why it was banned from most curriculums ( except those that were deemed exclusive to the upper class, medecine and law ) in the early 20th century, under Woodrow Wilson if I remember well.
Sadly, we can't have our cake and eat it too. Either we keep the populace vulnerable to propaganda and we preserve the status quo/predictability, or we inoculate them and get ready for a period of instability that will undoubtedly lead to real and unpredictable change.This comment was edited on Aug 19, 2019, 02:30.