The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism.
Disinformation is more than just lying. It’s the denial and twisting of reality in order to present some desired image to the rest of the world.
Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
I’m telling you a lie in a vicious effort that you will repeat my lie over and over until it becomes true.
The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.
We must reject a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.
Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
One can cheat on all the people for sometime. One can cheat on some people all the time. But one cannot cheat on all the people all the time.
Since it was discovered that information is a commodity bringing fabulous profits, it has ceased to be subject to the traditional criteria of “true or false”. But it has now begun to report to the laws of market forces with their desire for a monopoly and boosting profits.
Our inherent cognitive biases make us ripe for manipulation and exploitation by those who have an agenda to push, especially if they can discredit all other sources of information.