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December 27, 2017

Former President Asshole: Social Media, Like My Iran Echo Chamber Disinformation/Smear Operation, May Splinter Society

What a loathsome c**t.

President Asshole was interviewed by Prince Harry (?) for the BBC.

The former president expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinforce their own views.

"One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.

"The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn't lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground," he said.

...

"Social media is a really powerful tool for people of common interests to convene and get to know each other and connect.

"But then it's important for them to get offline, meet in a pub, meet at a place of worship, meet in a neighbourhood and get to know each other.

"Because the truth is that on the internet, everything is simplified and when you meet people face-to-face it turns out they're complicated."

As Ed Morrissey notes, this is a bland bit of Conventional Wisdom.

That's Obama's stock in trade -- saying bland bits of Conventional Wisdom that the Chattering Classes all already agree to, and then being praised for his insight into bravely saying what everyone already thinks.

As I noted throughout his administration: Obama only says two types of things. Things which are true but pure CW pap, and things which are more interesting, but only because they are flagrant lies.

Also, he's an asshole. He and his Echo Chamber cooked up a viciously enforced alternate reality and supposed champions of truth like Jake Tapper refused to report on it at all.


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