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“How Trump Won” -A Rebuttal

“How Trump Won” -A Rebuttal

While browsing through YouTube the Deutsche Welle (DW) “documentary” “How Trump Won” popped up, so I decided to watch it. It didn’t take many seconds for it to become abundantly clear that this was going to be another partisan hack job, devoid of integrity or an honest yearning for truth. Debunking the claims made in the piece is easy for people that paid attention during the election, as I did. The problem with these kind of films is that they…

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Can Democracy Survive Technological Progress?

Can Democracy Survive Technological Progress?

Democracy is facing existential peril. The threat isn’t voter intimidation, gerrymandering, voter suppression or other “classic” issues related to threats to democracy. New and emerging technologies are creating a world where the basic rules and conditions necessary for democracy in its current form to function will vanish. In this context I’m not talking about hacking, like the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 US election cycle. As a concept it isn’t fundamentally different from physical break-ins of the past, like…

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The Assumption of Mainstream Wrongness

The Assumption of Mainstream Wrongness

I’ve had an underlying assumption in my brain for quite some time now. I’ve assumed that what the “mainstream” tells me, be it newspapers, television, books, people and so on, is to a large extent shallow, wrong and/or misguided. This applies to many different aspects of life, for instance news reporting, diet advice, workout tips, investment guides and so on. I believe that this scepticism has served me well, as it has allowed me to avoid falling into the pitfall…

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Killing Their Own Relevance

Killing Their Own Relevance

I used to take pride in actively seeking out information that went against my preconceived notions. I hadn’t made a thorough sweep of the headlines unless that sweep included outlets from the far-left to the far-right via the center. While I still think that going outside your own echo chamber is both important and noble, doing so is increasingly losing its value. While you would always expect a political tilted slant in their coverage, at least they made an appearance…

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The Disturbing Effectiveness of Fake News

The Disturbing Effectiveness of Fake News

The apparent truth is that we no longer share the same reality. We can no longer agree on what the facts are. The same event will be interpreted completely differently by people of different political beliefs. The social cohesion we used to have is rapidly breaking down before our very eyes. This is most clearly seen in the relationship between Trump, the media and leftwing activists. Everything Trump does is interpreted through a sinister lens and placed like a jigsaw-piece…

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