Since it is not clear and is actually moot what the right-wing view of the universe is, it is more appropriate to refer to what Beck describes as an alternative world. Once armed with the lies that substitute in Beck's world view for facts, it is well understood that his passionate followers will not budge from these fake facts. When presented with the facts about a given matter, his followers dig their heels in even further. Beck's lies cannot be debunked.
echo chamber amplifier
We live in a bifurcated world where the truth described in the media competes with the truthiness that is conveyed in the self-contained, right-wing media sphere. Both sides assert that their facts are real, that their facts are true; but this cannot be the case. The upshot to this division is that we, people involved in the media, whether online, on the radio or on the television, are involved in an information struggle. Those on the right engaged in this struggle are well aware of what they're waging; but the mainstream media, biased or not, seems less cognizant of this effort. Beck and Sarah Palin in particular are actively engaged in this struggle which is why they rarely miss an opportunity to disrespect the "lame-stream" media, even if they flat out lie about what is being expressed in the media.
So far there has been little push back by most organizations. Clearly, the liberal MSNBC and the media watchdogs, Media Matters for America push back against the lies and deceptions conveyed on the right; but their efforts are effectively undermined by those within the right-wing media sphere. Those on the right, most notoriously Glenn Beck, program their listeners to not believe anything heard anywhere but within the self-contained, right-wing media sphere. They can not have their lies rebutted.
As posted initially on the maiden publication of this Review, the antidote to bad speech is more speech, but merely adding to the media output is not enough. There is plenty of speech that is outside of the self-contained right-wing media sphere, but too little of it is addressing this struggle. What to do? From the beginning of this Review, an aggressive strategy has been employed to counter Beck's constant self-promotion; but this struggle has become bigger than Glenn Beck's lie vs. this Review's debunking of his lies. What is one strategy to counter the self-contained right-wing media sphere? Share this URL.
Sounding the alarm
People need to hear Maddow's monologue to understand what the crusade against truthiness is about. Your parents. Your neighbors. Your friends. Fellow members of your congregations. Your students. Your teachers. People need to become aware of this is a struggle between truth and truthiness, and you're either engaged in this struggle or you, we, all (outside of the tiny few who benefit) may well fall victim to truthiness. Beck is engaged in a deceitful effort to push this country back into the 19th Century, and if he's not stopped, if his misinformation is not countered with the facts, if his truthiness is not exposed by the truth; he could well succeed. For the last 21 months, Beck has helped promote the reactionary tea party candidates toward what became electoral victory for about half of them last Tuesday. Unless you fight back, unless you engage in this information struggle against the self-contained, right-wing media echo chamber that generates its own facts, that turns fictions into truthiness, they will have more electoral victories going forward. Share this URL.
There was a time not long ago when we could relax between the crazy seasons of electoral campaigns, to recharge our batteries for the next fight. However, the right-wing echo chamber does not take time off. Mr. Beck is not letting up to convey actual facts for a while. Time away from the information struggle is a luxury that concerned citizens can no longer afford. People need to be forearmed with information about this struggle for honest information. People need to hear Maddow's monologue; share this URL. If you can think of a more effective way to counter the self-contained, right-wing media echo chamber, please leave a comment to that effect below. If you, the reader, the factory worker, the immigrant, the student, the teacher, the struggling home owner, the home maker and/or the average honest person seeking the old normal in news media (honest, accurate information), can not think of a better way to counter the propaganda machine that Maddow described, then please share this URL. For the love of country,
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