Blame yourself, not the media

Tom Reading 6 Comments

Another from the “I didn’t expect that” list. The written news media is reporting reasonably effectively, we just don’t use old media any more.

The two most newsworthy things that Donald Trump did in the last two days were these:

  1. He gave a major economic policy speech in Detroit which he laid out his tax policy, for example.
  2. He suggested in North Carolina that “Second Amendment people” could somehow take care of the gun-control favoring judges Hillary Clinton would appoint — words that are easy to interpret as an incitement to violence.

If you judge by the echo chamber of your own Facebook feed, the ambiguous but shocking assassination suggestion is ubiquitous, and the economic policy speech is barely present. Is this the media’s fault?

Source: Blame yourself, not the media, for salacious Trump coverage – without bullshit

Why people join Daesh

Tom Government, Reading 4 Comments

Must read article on new research into Daesh. Really not what I thought at all.

“…young people adrift in a globalized world find their own way to ISIS, looking  to don a social identity that gives their lives significance. Groups of dissatisfied young adult friends around the world — often with little knowledge of Islam but yearning for lives of profound meaning and glory — typically choose to become volunteers in the Islamic State army in Syria and Iraq, Atran contends. Many of these individuals connect via the internet and social media to form a global community of alienated youth seeking heroic sacrifice, he proposes.”

The linkage between networks is also far greater than I had thought.


https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-studies-explore-why-ordinary-people-turn-terrorist