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what to do about real fake news?

I'm sure this has come up before, but has a list of "best practices" been developed about dealing with the many forms of bullshit that are out there? I'm mostly focused on the newer forms - not so much Fox News and AM radio that have their way down to a science.

One thing I've thought about is that some of the pro-Trump people in my social media circle (that I've managed not to block or unfriend yet) still post and forward such crap that is false to anyone who's willing to turn on their brain. On one hand, there's the temptation to just ignore it b/c you know they'll never change their minds. I'm just not convinced that arguing with friends - or strangers - on the internet is all that enjoyable or productive. On the other hand is a desire to educate, debunk, etc., as well as try to do damage control (to at least make them think twice before forwarding, or for anyone on the fence that might be following along to see a different perspective - including young people that don't have fully formed views and get info thru memes and sound bytes and the like).

Posted by InformedElitist | Fri Jun 2, 2017, 12:59 PM (1 replies)

your speculations? end of Obama, Trump presidencies

Two-part question with no clear answers (yet) ... but what do you think?

- Even if all the dots were not yet connected, surely Obama knew something about all these ties between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign and family. Why didn't he say more about it - esp. between the time after the election and when the Electoral College met? Maybe he was/is playing some kind of long game whose ending isn't so clear to us yet. Maybe he was doing his usual passive "stay above the fray, we need a peaceful transition of power" shtick. But there was nothing normal about this whole election. And nothing's been close to normal since. This was far worse than Bush v. Gore or any other election in American history that involved some sort of shenanigans. This was a hostile enemy not only interfering with the election, but the "winner" was in collusion with it. I'd have been shouting from the rooftops, but then again, I'm just ranting on a computer whereas Obama was the most cerebral, competent president in my lifetime.

- How do you think the Trump story ends? Every time this vile...thing...does something outrageous/offensive/illegal, he gets away with it, if not rewarded. Short of getting us all killed or indefinitely poverty-stricken, one scenario I'm dreading is his quitting or getting pardoned and going right back to one of his bazillion homes emboldened, empowered and further enriched. Geez, I hope I'm wrong, but karma just never seems to catch up with him.
Posted by InformedElitist | Tue May 16, 2017, 05:20 AM (6 replies)

Trump Derangement Syndrome - Mine. Need help.

I thought I might get some good advice here. Iím letting this Trump shitshow affect my life way too much, and I need the wheels in my head to stop spinning and to stop driving my wife and immediate family nuts.

My background: white, male, almost 40, straight, married, no kids, 1st from working class family to go to college and succeed bigly (at least academically), live in middle/upper-middle class NYC suburbs, contemplating a mid-life career change from the soulless corporate world to something less lucrative but more meaningful.

The immediate problem:
My politics are quite liberal (-5,-5) as are my wifeís, but virtually every member of our extended families is for Trump. I donít mean just voted for him. I mean: many still forwarding every fake, hateful meme since last summer; have been emboldened since the nightmare of 11/8; have a mean-spirited way of shoving their support in peopleís faces and will not back down.
The healthy reaction to this is probably to spend less time on social media and block/unfriend as needed. I just canít turn the other cheek anymore. While I know that these people canít be reasoned with, my instinct is now to shove the nastiness right back in their faces. And my way of doing it is at once haughty, with lots of cursing, and made to show them or their followers how stupid and mean-spirited they really are. "If I'm angry, I'm gonna make them angry too so that everyone is miserable." Bad, I know.

I feel rage and Iím blowing up some once-valuable relationships, maybe unnecessarily, but I just canít get past it. This is not Bush í04, the last time my ďteamĒ ďlostĒ an election; itís so much worse b/c there is so much hatred thatís going along with the willful ignorance. I truly look at their thought process as disgusting and hateful Ė a serious character flaw, and I have nothing but contempt for them. To me, and this is where my views have hardened more than my wife's, this WAY goes beyond politics. These assholes don't have any decency or empathy for anyone who they think is unlike themselves. I know this is unhealthy on my part and I need to stop seeing things so much in black&white, but itís hard to when, for example, at a Superbowl party, I completely kept my cool, but: Fox News was on the TV, I was told that protestors should be shot, that I should leave the country, and the thing that stuck with me the most: ďCímon, you never made fun of someone in a wheelchair before?Ē As rarely as I see some of these people in-person, I want nothing to do with them anymore, and by lashing back out at them, Iím making it uncomfortable for some people I do care about that are sort of caught in the middle.

The longer-term problems:
1 Ė Iíve been addicted to the news ever since 9/11, which happened just as I was turning 24. I remember the anxiety of the Bush years circa the beginning of 2004 through the merciful end when Obama was sworn in. I remember the constant stupidity, war, color-coded terror threats, lying and scandals, but there was usually only a few major ones every couple of months. Ever since July, when it dawned on me that people were just stupid and, yes, deplorable enough to elect Trump, my mind is overloaded with multiple serious controversies and worldwide problems at any given moment. My hairís been on fire since November and here we are in April and itís SO much worse than even I had imagined. I try to cut down on news and social media, but I could only seem to look away for a few hours to a couple of days. I want off the merry-go-round; I have a life to lead and real responsibilities that Iím not attending to the way I should be.

2 Ė I literally lost whatever hope I had left for this country on Election Night. And maybe humanity in general. You just canít fix stupid and this kind of tribalism. I hate the idea of going through the rest of my life clinging to whatever I have and occasionally trying to pitch in for those more vulnerable than I. But past is prologue Ė the US, in most of the important ways, has been in decline my entire lifetime (since the late 70ís). I seriously am contemplating finding work and living in a more civilized country, once we see how the elections/Russia situations develop in Europe the next couple of years.

So with all that saidÖany advice for coping in the meantime would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
Posted by InformedElitist | Fri Apr 28, 2017, 01:16 AM (21 replies)
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