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September 04, 2018

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Paolofe

I originally started looking at your blog because of your information about SW radios, but posts like this are really eye-opening. They are also depressing. Although I am not American and don't live in the U.S., I see a lot of this happening in my part of the world. Politicians and individuals are using social media to spread misinformation and the sad part is they have a willing audience who lap it all up. Gaslighting is a new word in my vocabulary.

herculodge

Liberal democracy is under attack all over. Yuval Noah Harari writes about it extensively.

RadioFlynn

I get it, but strongly suspect the premise of the book is overblown. We live in a society of dual-use. Rocks grind grain and tip spears. Rockets put us on the moon and permit worldwide geolocation to the centimetre but also threaten us with global nuclear annihilation. We muddle through from one innovation to the next. Internet-based social media is no different. I like to watch radio reviews, but adversarial material is there to be found, the criminals, gaslighters, authoritarian regimes polluting the information flow. Did we really not expect weaponization of the internet? The backlash from the attack on the 2016 election has gone some way to improving the purity of internet content, but like the efficiency of vaccines over antibiotics, the solution is an innoculation of critical thinking rather than a dose of wack-a-mole. And, in the end, there are way, way more dog videos than genuine cognitive attacks - recognition of the latter while indulging in the former is the only cure.

Keith Beesley

Critical thinking skills are needed now, more than ever. You're doing important work with your students. I'm very depressed at the current state of our nation and world, but take some comfort in the fact that television and rock music were both regarded as hallmarks of the end of civilization in the 1950s, yet somehow we survived. We'll get through this, but there will be an adjustment period.

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