Sleeping too long…

Lippmann, who coined the term “Manufactured Consent” – later taken over by Chomsky – wrote this excerpt in the early 1920’s. Now take into consideration the internet; in other words multiply this by a thousand.

“Within the life of the generation now in control of affairs, persuasion has become a self-conscious art and a regular organ of popular government. None of us begins to understand the consequences, but it is no daring prophecy to say that the knowledge of how to create consent will alter every political calculation and modify every political premise. Under the impact of propaganda, not necessarily in the sinister meaning of the word alone, the old constants of our thinking have become variables. It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the old original dogma of democracy; that the knowledge needed for the management of human affairs comes up spontaneously from the human heart. Where we act on that theory we expose ourselves to self-deception, and to forms of persuasion that we cannot verify. It has been demonstrated that we cannot rely upon intuition, conscience, or the accidents of casual opinion if we are to deal with the world beyond our reach.”
Walter Lippmann

“Does Lippmann want his political science fact-finders to hide the truth from the populace; i.e. to “manufacture consent” ? In distinguishing between the news and truth, he is clearly on the side of correcting misconceptions propagated by media: “…news and truth are not the same thing, and must be clearly distinguished.”
Clare Spark

For my philosophically minded friends:

An argument directed at Jordan Peterson, and postmodern philosophy today. I’d be very interested in feedback pertaining to this video, and its! content. Video one hour.

Primary Text Sources–
Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish
Jean Baudrillard – The Transparency of Evil
Jacques Derrida – On Grammatology
Peter Sloterdijk – A Critique of Cynical Reason
Richard Rorty – Achieving Our Country
Richard Rorty – Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

So much of popular political argument is nested in tiny fragments extrapolated from fine thinkers whose works are taken apart, and “parts” utilized for whatever arguments are being brought forth, without so much as any serious investigation into said sources works; that are being hacked for the purpose of whatever agenda might be at hand by the hacker. This video is a fine example; a one hour argument properly being brought forward in both an intelligent and respectful manner from one individual, directed toward a bright light (in my opinion) in today’s town square (Jordan Peterson). For me the arguments hold water, and also has flaws, but the manner in which it’s presented should be a fine example how healthy, well thought arguments, can be presented.

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