A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

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A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by corplinx » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:10 pm

Except instead of mirrors, we have Overton windows.

I've been trying to reconcile the rise of Democrat extremism/violence, the emergence of a largely ineffective alt right, the Trumpists, and the hysteria bullshit and nonsense going on where people live in such isolated alternate realities that they can't even discuss things.

All they see when they look at others is something akin to funhouse distorted mirrors unless the others are standing right next to them.

Social media amplifies this but at the heart is driven by media culture.

Fox really did start this style of reality and now we have CNN where they have 7 panelists on Don Lemon reinforcing distorted views.

How do we pull back a media culture that breeds extremism short of censorship?

Remember shows like Firing Line where for a long time, people who disagreed fundamentally would actually discuss things.

Even CrossFire tended to talk about one subject for a full 30 minutes.

Now, the mere act of discussion is seen as enabling or complicity.

I am starving for a better metaphor than my not so Fun house of Overton windows.
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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:29 pm

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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by corplinx » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:47 pm

Firing Line has been replaced with The Joe Rogan Experience.

People have to go to youtube for people actually airing their ideas/thoughts.

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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:11 pm

1) The "Overton window" metaphor is not really useful for anything other than feeling superior by explaining it to people who never heard of it yet.

2) Firing Line was bo-o-o-o-o-oring.

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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by Nyarlathotep » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:30 pm

I don't know about the rest of it, but i am glad the alt right is "largely ineffective"

I would rather have one set of destructive assholes + one set of clownish wannabes than two sets of destructive assholes
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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by WildCat » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:51 am

I'm on a ship sailing to Alaska, saw 4 whales so far and we don't even go on a whale watching boat until tomorrow. Saw one guy on board today wearing a Trump 45 shirt, no one attacked him. I've had about 5 beers so far today, there's a bottle of wine on ice for after dinner. Life is good!

Oh, and Google maps thinks I'm off the coast of Venezuela near Curacao lol.
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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by WildCat » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:54 am

IOW it's nice to get away from politics for a while.
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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by sparks » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:08 am

Enjoy! It gets very little better than SE Alaska in summer and on the water! Have some fresh grilled Halibut for me... :)
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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by Witness » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:23 am

Second that: enjoy! And at sea you're spared the mosquitoes. :mrgreen:

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Re: A Psychotic Hall of Mirrors

Post by sparks » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:25 am

Nothing like a mild bug breeze while swinging at anchor. Either that, or layer up with the repellent.
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