It's the Age Avalanche! (apologies to Ken Dychtwald).
Big changes are thundering down the time track. We will be the political gorilla. How do we use our muscle to the best effect? We have to be very careful and very smart.
We are the readers of Science Fiction, and now our world is sci-fi realized.
Folks PREFER Lies!
“How can we create a news ecosystem ... that values and promotes truth?”
Huge Study Says
"Tell Me What I Want to Hear"
... is where a lot of us are right now. Huge Study, reported inFlipboard
Though the study is written in the clinical language of statistics, it offers a methodical indictment of the accuracy of information that spreads on these platforms. A false story is much more likely to go viral than a real story, the authors find. A false story reaches 1,500 people six times quicker, on average, than a true story does. And while false stories outperform the truth on every subject—including business, terrorism and war, science and technology, and entertainment—fake news about politics regularly does best.
And politics becomes lies.
There's a lot of good reporting on our new(est) culture of lying. In VOX, there is a great line:
How do politicians get so comfortable with lying? One theory: practice.
The unscrupulous politician will keep lying when he learns it WORKS.
It gets re-tweeted, re-posted and sprayed around all the world seven times as fast as truth!
In short, social media seems to systematically amplify falsehood at the expense of the truth, and no one—neither experts nor politicians nor tech companies—knows how to reverse that trend. It is a dangerous moment for any system of government premised on a common public reality.
Published Wednesday, 19 September in Nature Magazine... one of the Super Journals (meaning they are as credible as they come, science-journal-wise), a paper based on research done at Mayo Clinic, a pretty good outfit.
Published: 19 September 2018 Clearance of senescent glial cells prevents tau-dependent pathology and cognitive declineIf you keep up on Alzheimer's research, you recognize "tau-dependent," and if you don't, you surely know about cognitive decline. That and memory loss are the heart-ripping Alzheimer's symptoms we'd all like to avoid. If You Are Interested in the Science Put your science hat on and take a look at the abstract (free) in Nature. Or read a (also free) layperson version. Here's a short one (written for Big Pharma money men). Here's a longer one (written for "age extension" fans.) For The-Long-and-Short-of-It Fans: Gett…
And these guys are getting out their Righteous Sticks, and are ready to whop some sense into those pushy...... skirts. One pal of mine - a professional and affluent white guy in his sixties (WAY younger than me) - has been writing diatribes about #MeToo, et al. Now the Judge Kavanaugh kerfuffle has pushed him closer to the edge. He sees a catastrophic attack on God's Order re men and women. I asked him if he felt threatened or what else might account for stuff like him writing the "New Women's Bill of Rights" with an attempt at humor, but you could hear his teeth grinding. Stuff like:
Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, no excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted, unless they are men
(Maybe he didn't write it, just plagiarized it, which I hope since it's grammatical nonsense.)
He sent me a single line response. Imagine a huffy voice saying...