November 19, 2016

The loss of fact

“If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not, and particularly in an age of social media, where so many people are getting their information in sound bites and snippets off their phones, if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems,” he said. “People, if they just repeat attacks enough, and outright lies over and over again, as long as it's on Facebook and people can see it, as long as it's on social media, people start believing it. And it creates this dust cloud of nonsense.”
 Powerpoint made us dumb, now social media is making us stupid.

Obama slams Facebook for outright lies 


  1. Anonymous5:42 PM

    Not just Fakebook.

    Ever since Operation Mockingbird, a CIA-based initiative to control mainstream media, more and more people are expressing their concern that what we see in the media is nothing short of brainwashing.

    Top German Journalist Admits Mainstream Media Is Completely Fake: "We All Lie For The CIA"

    U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans


  2. Hmm. We have no propaganda legislation here, never have, so we - the taxpayers - get to pay for lots of propaganda, dressed up as informing the public of gov't policies.

    Don't see how this is any different.

    No different to any political spin. If a PM, for example, happily becomes fast buddies with another leader that the PM had days earlier condemned, or endorsed a war, or whatever, how is that spin directly from a politician any different to formal propaganda?

  3. Anonymous4:23 PM

    "Spin", rhetoric or arguments coming directly from a politician may be propaganda, but at least the audience can judge the subject matter and the politician accordingly.

    But is this the same as a politician preparing propaganda and having a well known journalist, or "expert" publish it under his/her name?


  4. Spin is also every press release, official government advertising, and every opinion piece in a newspaper.

    Remember when newspapers only had one opinion piece, and that was an anonymous editorial column? How long ago did that change? Must be decades.

    Every commentator is offering an opinion, and they are all one side or the other, does anyone believe this is objective, that it's 'reporting'.