We are approaching a singularity in which half of the population would believe the world was flat if the New York Times told them so, and the other half would believe the world was flat if the New York Times told them it was round.
This is what happens when people working for “authoritative sources” use that “brand” to slip in their favorite lies and propaganda; the mainstream media has abused its reputation to the point where people who generally like what they say double down in citing them and defending censorship of any “unauthorized viewpoint,” and the people who don’t like what they say can’t glean any information from them whatsoever because it has all become suspect, and they doubly resent the bald-faced lies combined with continual imposition of the outlets’ tarnished authority.
I used to be fascinated by research on the workings of the human mind, but Facebook and Twitter have proved that all such research will tend to be used by the worst people — not to enlighten us as to our nature, its better and its worse angels, but to manipulate us; usually for money, occasionally for far worse things, and often both.
This is an awful state: that’s where I stand. I can’t see a headline in the Washington Post without assuming it’s wrong or twisted, and I don’t like having my reality tested in this particular fashion. And, as in some twisted romantic relationship, I’m the one who feels bad about it — not the assholes at the Washington Post, or CNN, or Fox, or even Newsmax, who are supposed to be the new truth tellers but seem to spend most of their time doing puff pieces on Melania Trump’s interior decorating business.
I don’t like this apocalypse. I think the Boy Who Cried Wolf story needs an update.