Fake News, Real News, Custom News: Facebook Information Bubble v. Flipboard

From Facebook to Flipboard. Nowadays, everyone has a custom news feed. We live in an information bubble, many in a fake news bubble. A fake news coccoon is dangerous.

Propaganda, Censorship and Other Suppression of Dissent

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Fascism in America

Book bans are censorship, gag rules are a form of suppression of dissent, and Fox News is a propaganda outlet for Trump. American freedom of speech isn't that great.

American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerously Naive Form of Nationalism

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Fascism in America

American exceptionalism is not a magic shield. In fact, the notion that a nation is a form of extreme nationalism. You aren't special or immune to fascism. Trump is proof.

Patriotism: NFL Players Kneeling for National Anthem Have American Values

What Is Patriotism? Do the NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem have American Values? Or are they disrespecting the troops? Are they patriots or traitors?

To Livid Boy Scouts Parents: Trump’s Speech at the 2017 National Jamboree

Open letter to the angry Boy Scouts' parents, concerning Trump's speech at the 2017 National Jamboree: it's too easy for your children to "degrade themselves" -- they have an unquestioning respect for authority.

Trump and Fox News and Fake News and Sweden

Trump doesn't understand that when the President of the United States tweets Fox News fake news about Sweden (and on Presidents Day), all of Sweden lets us know it's fake news

Lies, Disinformation and Conspiracy Theories on the Internet

(10-13-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  Conspiracy theories and other craziness, what to do about the disinformation and lies on the Internet. Previously I wrote that I believe that in the long run humanity is getting better, in part due to the ready availability of information. In the short term, though, easy access to information has it's downsides as well.

I Pledge Allegiance — No, This Is Not the Same Post: What is Patriotism?

Two days after my last post, the daily prompt is "I Pledge Allegiance". Very funny. The question: "Are you patriotic, and what is patriotism to you".

Hey, Real Americans Out There In Real America, What About the Real Issues?

(08-12-2015, Updated 07-15-2018)   What's more important, Real Americans, staking out exactly where your Real America is or solving some of your real problems? One response to my open letter to police chief Mark Kessler by Steve Harmon includes the following line: "The Chief, God bless him, is simply trying to unpussify my America." I'm not sure he thought that through