Political Theatre category archive
A new study indicates that Facebook is the high speed lane on the Disinformation Turmpike, particularly for right-wing rot. Here’s a bit from the news the NPR report.
“The thing was, most of that spike was concentrated among the partisan extremes and misinformation providers,” Edelson told NPR’s All Things Considered. “And when I really sit back and think about that, I think the idea that on a day like that, which was so scary and so uncertain, that the most extreme and least reputable sources were the ones Facebook users were engaging with, is pretty troubling.”
But it wasn’t just one day of high engagement. A new study from Cybersecurity For Democracy found that far-right accounts known for spreading misinformation are not only thriving on Facebook, they’re actually more successful than other kinds of accounts at getting likes, shares and other forms of user engagement.
It wasn’t a small edge, either.
Follow the link for more about the study and its findings.
John Fluharty, once the executive director of the Delaware Republican Party and now a registered independent, is not happy with the current state of his ex-party. Here’s a bit of his article:
As most recently evidenced by failed U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke’s revealing spat with openly gay Trump advisor Ric Grenell, there is an ascendant faction of fake conservatives who believe that bigotry, intolerance and exclusion represent the party’s path back to political prominence. These fake conservatives are energized, emboldened, and believe — mistakenly — that they are the rightful inheritors of the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan.
Follow the link for the rest.
I have some quibbles with the first part of the quotation, but none at all with the last part.
Gene Collier, writing at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, makes a strong case that we are descending (have descended?) into Idiocracy.
Methinks he makes a pretty good case.
At the Hartford Courant, Edna Friedberg explores the attraction and power of conspiracy theories, pointing out that they can seduce persons desiring easy answers to hard questions. Here’s how she opens it:
Our nation is getting a crash course in conspiracy theories. QAnon has been in the spotlight as the latest iteration. With the rise of social media, the messenger may be new, but the message is not. Conspiracy theories have been around for centuries, well before mass communications amplified their potency. The human desire to explain complicated events in simplistic ways often leads to blaming minorities for them . . . .
The entire article is worth the four or five minutes of your time reading it will take.
Gordon Weil suggests that we no long have a two-party system, at least not in the traditional way of two principled parties with different policies, platforms, and goals. Rather, he submits that we have one party that’s for things and another that’s against.
Methinks he’s onto something.
The Trumpettes’ “I was just following orders” defense doesn’t look like it’s going to fly.
We are a society of stupid.
Georgia county election officials are suing deadbeat Don for wasting their time.
The Arizona Republic’s E. J. Montini marvels at Trump’s grip on his cultists. A snippet:
Here is a man born to wealth, living in a luxury New York highrise filled with gilded French furniture, a man who demanded the staff at his hotel follow a seven-step process for serving him a Diet Coke, who somehow convinced tens of millions of Americans that he is a populist. A man of the people. . . .
These are not just “Trump Republicans.” They’re Trump cultists.
More at the link.