Congress Surreptitiously Undermines FOIA, Private Property Threatened by Border Wall, and More: (9/21/2017)
"Americans are too broadly underinformed to digest nuggets of information that seem to contradict what they know of the world. Instead, news channels prefer to feed Americans a constant stream of simplified information, all of which fits what they already know. That way they don't have to devote more air time or newsprint space to explanations or further investigations... Politicians and the media have conspired to infantilize, to dumb down, the American public. At heart, politicians don't believe that Americans can handle complex truths, and the news media, especially television news, basically agrees." Tom Fenton
"In an information rich world, the wealth of information means a deaerth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention" Herbert Simon quoted in the Inevitable by Kevin Kelly
Stories are important because they shape belief.
It is necessarily authoritarian because it suppresses information that does not serve its ideology. ...
Some ideas are better than others, which is why academics are usually not 'conservative'. Scientists are overwhelmingly not religious.
Fundamentalists, generally Republicans, deny evolution, one of the pillars of deep history, and instead prefer 'creationism'. They deny strong evidence, visible to anyone, of human caused climate damage. Unwittingly they serve an upper class elite that is increasingly rendering them subservient. Their views set back their education and render their culture backwards.
Marx was right about religion, the opiate of the people, and also about class warfare. The cold war was one of many religious wars.
Technology has made digital media the source of most news. It can be created by anyone, but it can also produce fake news.
Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property: Krikorian and Kapczynski