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Re: “Smarten Up

There are organizations in media which promulgate real news free of agenda (National Public Radio and Television stations for example) and there are organizations in media who promulgate "false" news to promote an agenda. Unfortunately, many people who vote can't discern one group from the other. If people were better educated and therefore better able to understand politics, economics, history, communication theory, science, and psychology then Trump wouldn't have stood a chance. We constantly overestimate the collective intellect of the average American voter. Too much an optimist, I suppose. We forget how many see the world through their personal paradigms formed by self-serving messages delivered by religion, Right Wing propaganda, and poverty. Desperate, semi-literate folks desperate to believe things will improve without understanding how it can make low-hanging fruit for the political agendas of the 1%, the NRA, the Alt Right, KKK, & Donald Trump. Those folks respond better to dog and pony shows than they do facts.

Posted by Phil Braun on 12/31/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

How can "half the nation" elect anyone when over half the potential U.S. voters are not even registered to vote?

Media and education are two of the leading causes of misinformed, apathetic citizens, this article provides a good example why that's true.

Posted by Catherine Smith on 12/23/2016 at 7:53 PM

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