King of Lies

So just how long will the Republican Party leadership and Trump’s supporters continue to support a president who obviously cannot be trusted to speak truthfully at any level in his professional and about his personal life? Harvard University should do a psychological measurement study before we no longer live in a democracy. The question is rhetorical and existential as well, and, as gaudy as the once-upon-a-time story of the president and the porn star might be, it’s important to the well-being of what’s left of our declining democracy.

The Reductionist, Divisive Rhetoric of Trump and Twitter

There are no easy answers to the recent emergence of the myriad of problems social media has created by de-centering truth, promoting a reductionist rhetoric to debate serious matters and using personal data to sell advertising. These problems threaten our democracy. Trump can use Twitter so well because it encourages and even rewards low-information people like himself to lie and bully. That’s the way it makes money. Twitter should pull the plug on Trump, but it won’t because he’s just too good for its business.

Thoughts About Last Week

It’s not going to get better any time soon and, yes, this is how democracies die, and, no, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will not save us from ourselves and, make no mistake, all of us created this current appalling moment in our country’s history.

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