The Press are Members of the 9.9 Percent Reporting for the 0.1 Percent

edited by O Society August 17, 2019 by Bernie Sanders Let's discuss an issue that gets far too little attention — for obvious reasons. In our campaign we are taking on Wall Street, the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, the fossil fuel companies, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex and the 1 percent. … Continue reading The Press are Members of the 9.9 Percent Reporting for the 0.1 Percent

Celebrity Matters and The Concept of Self

As aspirational avatars, idolised icons and vessels of collective memory, celebrities permeate all aspects of modern life by Holly Grout  edited by O Society July 24, 2019 In his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), Oscar Wilde teased: ‘[T]here is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not … Continue reading Celebrity Matters and The Concept of Self

How the Science of “Blue Lies” Explains Trump’s Supporters

by Jeremy Adam Smith   Scientific American These are a very particular form of deception that can build solidarity within groups Donald Trump tells lies. His deceptions and misleading statements are easy to unmask. In one example—among hundreds of well-documented lies—FBI director James Comey told Congress in March that there is “no information that supports” Trump’s claim … Continue reading How the Science of “Blue Lies” Explains Trump’s Supporters

Life in a Petriana Dish (Echochamber Friday)

Ok. So last time on Echochamber Friday, we read PETE DAVIDSON STAY AWAY FROM ARIANA GRANDE ... Your Life Depends on It!!! and at that time, I told you all I have no idea who these people are nor why they are famous. It's just fun to yell, "Run Pete, RUN!" I assume from the … Continue reading Life in a Petriana Dish (Echochamber Friday)

America’s Stolen Narrative

by Robert Parry Consortium News It seems that since I arrived in Washington in 1977 as a correspondent for The Associated Press, the nastiness of American democracy and journalism has gone from bad to worse. In some ways, the Republicans escalated the vicious propaganda warfare following Watergate, refusing to accept that Richard Nixon was guilty … Continue reading America’s Stolen Narrative

You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself

Once seeded, viral misinformation exploits weaknesses in how the human mind determines what’s real. by Valerie Tarico Dec 5, 2018 Most people genuinely care about truth. I don’t mean that we tell the truth all of the time—though most of us mostly do—but that we very much want to know what is real. Reality can knock … Continue reading You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself