Political Theatre category archive
In Psychology Today, Matthew Hutson examines the mechanics of manipulating memory, specifically in the context of what we see on the inner webs. It ain’t pretty, folks.
Could people remember public events that hadn’t happened at all? In 2010, informed by Loftus’s work, Slate writer William Saletan conducted an experiment on his readers (then analyzed and published the results with Loftus’s lab). Readers saw photos of three real events and an image of one of five fake events, depicted by altering a photo and adding an incorrect caption. One fake photo showed President Bush on vacation with a Houston Astros pitcher during Hurricane Katrina. Another showed President Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Readers were asked if they recalled the event and to describe how they felt when first hearing about it.
Half the time, people said they remembered the false event happening, and in most of those cases they said they actually remembered seeing it on the news. They recalled being “torn” upon seeing it, or having “mixed emotions,” or “cring[ing].” Perhaps some people were lying about their recollections, but when told one of the events hadn’t happened, readers guessed the wrong one 37 percent of the time. For them, the fake event was not only real but more real than some of the actual events.
I read this article in the print magazine, to which I have been a long-time survivor (it was helpful in my days as a trainer and instructional designer). Selected articles from each issue are available on the website when the next issue has been, well, issued. I made a note to come back to this one because it is a must read, especially in these days of Fox News and their dupes, symps, and fellow travelers.
David discusses the lack of reaction to E. Jean Carroll’s description of having been assaulted by Donald Trump.
Dick Polman is also troubled.
A reader of The Oregonian reports his experience with a Trumpled book.
Tony Norman spots a pattern:
Follow the link to see why he said that.
At AL.com, John Archibald notes that Roy Moore is again going to run for the Republican Senatorial nomination. As he reviews the field opposing Moore, Archibald reaches a distressing conclusion:
I thought Roy Moore would have to see the light one day, that he would have his own come-to-Jesus moment and realize his brand of judgment and one-dimensional morality wouldn’t play in a twenty-first century world.
Boy, was I wrong.
Because Roy Moore already won.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Paul Krugman translates the Twit-in-Chief.
Follow the link for the rest.