Russophobia?

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Re: Russophobia?

Postby CrustyOldFart » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:08 am

Information control shapes public opinion. The free flow of information is the most democratic approach, but our leaders don't like that philosophy since it risks the possibility of them losing power and influence. However, in a truly free society, there would be a hands off approach taken to the free flow of information. Therefore... need I say more?
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Re: Russophobia?

Postby Sparky of SoCal » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:40 am

CrustyOldFart wrote:Information control shapes public opinion. The free flow of information is the most democratic approach, but our leaders don't like that philosophy since it risks the possibility of them losing power and influence. However, in a truly free society, there would be a hands off approach taken to the free flow of information. Therefore... need I say more?


One thing about free-flowing information. It must be complete and factual. Free flowing information that is BS is diarrhea.
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Re: Russophobia?

Postby CrustyOldFart » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:44 pm

Sparky of SoCal wrote:
CrustyOldFart wrote:Information control shapes public opinion. The free flow of information is the most democratic approach, but our leaders don't like that philosophy since it risks the possibility of them losing power and influence. However, in a truly free society, there would be a hands off approach taken to the free flow of information. Therefore... need I say more?


One thing about free-flowing information. It must be complete and factual. Free flowing information that is BS is diarrhea.

Sure, but better for each individual to figure out for himself what is true and what is fake than to rely on corporate media to decide what we will be allowed to hear. Unfiltered free-flowing information is confusing since there are lots of contradictory stories to sort out, some of them completely untrue. But better to hear it all than to only hear some of it as the result of someone else deciding what is fit to be heard.
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Re: Russophobia?

Postby desertrat » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:16 am

Propaganda doesn't convince anyone (other than the functionally-retarded) when there are no restrictions on the flow of information. The trick to getting people to believe propaganda is the proper curation of the information they have access to. The curators filter out what they don't want us to know and I think CrustyOldFart's point is that such filtering disables true democracy. Extending the discussion to include algorithms which demote links which lead to info which undermines propaganda messages is also a good idea.
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