Us and Them

From newborns to nation states, we trust similarity. We love our friends, but does this mean we must hate those who are different? by Marek Cohn edited by O Society September 25, 2019 We come into the world with open minds, ready to tune in to whatever language or culture surrounds us. But as we lock on … Continue reading Us and Them

Trump Is the Perverse Personification of American Exceptionalism

by Sasha Abramsky  edited by O Society July 1, 2019 When the president of the United States doesn’t hesitate to wade into the domestic politics of allied nations, and goes into attack-dog mode against political figures in those countries, it sends a strong signal both that traditional alliances are breaking down, and also that in … Continue reading Trump Is the Perverse Personification of American Exceptionalism

Selling Fear and Amusement: News as Entertainment

https://youtu.be/ylhqasb1chI by DAVID ALTHEIDE Counterpunch Dec 27, 2018 The news media contribute to our deteriorating—but entertaining—political situation. Mr. Trump is President partly because he is entertaining. My research on TV news shows the promotion of the politics of fear is a byproduct of entertaining and sensationalized reports to build audience ratings. Contemporary news practices increasingly are … Continue reading Selling Fear and Amusement: News as Entertainment

How mainstream media help weaponize far-right conspiracy theories

Are there invisible forces at work? by Heather Woods and Leslie Hahner Conversation Nov 30. 2018 Once an anti-Semitic rumor moved from fringe to the mainstream, it took less than two weeks for violence to erupt. The false allegation that liberal philanthropist George Soros was funding or supporting a caravan of Honduran refugees heading to the U.S. … Continue reading How mainstream media help weaponize far-right conspiracy theories