"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.

For millenia, religions were the story tellers. When most were illiterate, the religious used paintings, sculptures, music, and authorities to tell the stories. Religion is media. With the printing press and public education all that changed. Technology has made digital media the source of most news. Powerful people ally themselves with it, try to control it, assert that they talk to God, or even claim divinity. The right wing, because they are most religious, believe them. They are willing to think that their destiny is pre-ordained and that they have nothing to do with it. They are susceptible to authoritarianism.

Most of our media is corporate, and it has an agenda: right-wing, Republican, that serves the wealthy.

It suppresses information that does not serve its ideology. ...

It sanitizes history to remove embarrassing details.

Secrecy has grown to cloak most government activity.

It marginalises people and voices that do not support its ideology.

Universal surveillance suppresses free speech,.

Reliable information is a prerequisite to democracy, the economy, education, and society.




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