Political Theatre category archive
Thom looks back at the inception of the right-wing think tank bubble.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Daniel A. Lobel offers some hints on how to communicate with Trump supporters.
At AZcentral, an Arizona Republican whose on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors calls out his party for forsaking truth in favor of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie.” Here’s a bit of his article (emphasis added):
There was no foul play.
There was no vote switching.
The November election was one of the best we’ve ever run.
For certifying and then defending the results of the 2020 general election, I’ve been sued, subpoenaed and chastised, primarily by Republicans. For embracing reality, I’ve had my conservative credentials questioned and even my integrity challenged.
At The Roanoke Times, John Freivalds looks back on some oft overlooked dates in American history.
Nick Carraway puts his finger on a big part of the problem (and on part of the reason I gave up on television news a long, long time ago). A snippet (emphasis added):
Instead of educating, the radio and television networks have chosen to incite. Of course, this is not universally true. There are people that give terrific background on key issues that could educate the public. The problem is that even with those few people, the education is used as a tool to persuade. It is a powerful tool and an effective tool, but it is still a tool at the end of the day.
Trudy Ruben is concerned about the bubbleliciousness. Here’s a bit of her article:
We are not (yet) in a “1984” era, to cite the famous George Orwell novel about a totalitarian society whose members are taught that “freedom is slavery” and “ignorance is strength.” The press is still free to report the facts, but an important segment of the media, especially on TV, radio and the internet, have chosen to use that freedom to promote an endless stream of falsehoods about public health and political issues.
Follow the link for the rest.
Along the same lines, Tony Norman argues that truth has no place in today’s Republican Party. (Again, much more at the link.)
At Psychology Today Blogs, Sophia Moskalenko identifies four factors which she believes encourage the spread of “fake news” (also known in some circles as “lies”). Here’s her list; follow the link for a detailed discussion of each one.
Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Glenn Geher discusses what happens when politics collides with objective face, that is, with science. A snippet (emphasis added):
On the other hand, political behavior is all about how certain narratives and decisions are endorsed because they ultimately advance the goals of some select individual or groups of individuals. The second that politics enters the world of science, we have a problem on our hands.
The person in question has defended himself by claiming that he was trying to educate his constituents. I tend to agree with Emma Vigeland’s point that “some questions are so illegitimate” that they don’t deserve to be asked, let along answered.
We are a society of stupid.