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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:09 AM   #1
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How American politics went batshit crazy



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Newt Gingrich, in the early 1990s, weaponized warfare politics in a methodical and sustained way. In tactics and rhetoric, Gingrich ushered in a good-versus-evil style that persists today.

Fox News, created in 1996, televised and monetized this hard-edged combat politics. This created the template for MSNBC to do the same on the left, giving both sides a place to fuel and fund rage 24/7. CNN soon went all politics, all day, making governance a show in need of drama.

Facebook and later Twitter, both products of the post-2000 Internet revolution, socialized rage and argument. Now every nut with an opinion could find fans and followers to cheer/egg him or her on. This happened as the middle in politics was officially purged from Congress.

John McCain picking Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, celebritized rage politics. Until that moment, Republicans typically picked conventional, next-in-line candidates. Palin, made for cable and social media, was the precursor to Trump.

Facebook, starting in 2015 with command of so much of most voters' time and attention, algorithm-ized rage. The more emotion you felt and sought, the more the news-feed machine pumped at you. With no one looking, fake news was born and metastasizing.

Twitter + Trump, starting in 2016, habitualized and radicalized the moment-by-moment rage and reaction of politicians, voters and the media. This created more froth and more fog and resulted in a spike of people who don't believe real news, much less the fake news pulsing through the system.

Now all of this has been institutionalized. No wonder people don't trust, like or believe politicians ó or often each other.

Fun fact: A Pew poll on partisanship found Republicans and Democrats no longer even want to live near each other.

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Lots more at: https://www.axios.com/how-american-p...508881433.html
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Fun fact: A Pew poll on partisanship found Republicans and Democrats no longer even want to live near each other.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:18 AM   #3
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The data the gif shows is both confirmation of what I suspected and terrifying because I had hoped to be wrong. I suspect the highest peak in the GOP band is the Dot.Don effect.

I see the same trend in Canada, the UK and in European countries. A truly sad and frightening thing.
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It is a planned and executed op by the powers that be. Both "Party's" use it for control.
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It is a planned and executed op by the powers that be. Both "Party's" use it for control.
And there goes ol' Quigy the Troll demonstrating another way that "American politics went batshit crazy".

Crackpot paranoid conspiracy theory ideation......a psychological abberation afflicting the very gullible, ignorant and weak minded.....which runs rampant in rightwingnut circles......because, of course, it is amplified and exaggerated by FauxNews, Breitbart and Alex Jones, big favorites of the rightwingnuts.

As Quigy compulsively demonstrates, a belief that there are secret "powers that be" behind the scenes running the entire government and both political parties more than qualifies as a very paranoid and very crackpot conspiracy theory.

Paranoia and the Roots of Conspiracy Theories
Psychology Today
Ilan Shrira
Sep 11, 2008
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Tim Melley, the author of an excellent book called 'Empire of Conspiracy', seeks to explain why conspiracy theories and paranoia have become so pervasive in American culture in recent decades. Melley proposes that conspiracy thinking arises from a combination of two factors, when someone: 1) holds strong individualist values and 2) lacks a sense of control. The first attribute refers to people who care deeply about an individual's right to make their own choices and direct their own lives without interference or obligations to a larger system (like the government). But combine this with a sense of powerlessness in one's own life, and you get what Melley calls agency panic, "intense anxiety about an apparent loss of autonomy" to outside forces or regulators. When fervent individualists feel that they cannot exercise their independence, they experience a crisis and assume that larger forces are to blame for usurping this freedom. "For one who refuses to relinquish the assumptions of libertarian individualism, such newly revealed forms of regulation frequently seem so unacceptable or unbelievable that they can only be met with anxiety, melodrama, or panic."

But what's the actual appeal of believing in conspiracy theories? What purpose do they serve people? For one thing, conspiracy theories help us cope with distressing events and make sense out of them. Conspiracies assure us that bad things don't just happen randomly. Conspiracies tell us that someone out there is accountable, however unwittingly or secretly or incomprehensibly, so it's possible to stop these people and punish them and in due course let everyone else re-establish control over their own lives. Conspiracies also remind us that we shouldn't blame ourselves for our predicaments; it's not our fault, it's them! In these ways, believing in conspiracies serves many of the same self-protective functions as scapegoating.
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This author is right when describing conspiracy theories prior to the age of technology. Today we live in a world where the information age has created powerful data on the population that is gathered for any subject of interest that provides numbers where each and every one of us is counted under them.

The internet that has provided a platform to analyse our social behavior, our buying habits, banking, businesses, etc. is a powerful data source to manipulate the public's opinion, marketing strategies, and the list goes on.

Never before in history did we have a data system of the details of all our activities of our daily lives logged by computer programs. A very efficient tool for people in power to conduct criminal activities by being able to chose which person that will enable them to continue those corrupt activities with covering it up.

I may not be explaining myself well here but maybe some of you get what I am trying to say.
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The data the gif shows is both confirmation of what I suspected and terrifying because I had hoped to be wrong. I suspect the highest peak in the GOP band is the Dot.Don effect.

I see the same trend in Canada, the UK and in European countries. A truly sad and frightening thing.
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This author is right when describing conspiracy theories prior to the age of technology. Today we live in a world where the information age has created powerful data on the population that is gathered for any subject of interest that provides numbers where each and every one of us is counted under them.

The internet that has provided a platform to analyse our social behavior, our buying habits, banking, businesses, etc. is a powerful data source to manipulate the public's opinion, marketing strategies, and the list goes on.

Never before in history did we have a data system of the details of all our activities of our daily lives logged by computer programs. A very efficient tool for people in power to conduct criminal activities by being able to chose which person that will enable them to continue those corrupt activities with covering it up.

I may not be explaining myself well here but maybe some of you get what I am trying to say.
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What people coming to their senses scares you.
When you call out DJT in his lies, I'll have a reason to believe you and your side are coming to your senses.

Otherwise, y'all show how comfortable you are living in a reality supported by alternative facts.
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