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Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate: Sacha Baron Cohen's Keynote Address at 'ADL' 2019

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On the internet, everything can appear equally legitimate. the rantings of a lunatic seem as credible as the findings of a Nobel Prize winner.  We have lost, it seems, a shared sense of the basic facts upon which democracy depends. Today around the world, demagogues appeal to our worst instincts.  Conspiracy theories once confined to the fringe are going mainstream. What do all these dangerous trends have in common?  The greatest propaganda machine in history. Thanks to social media, conspiracies take hold, it’s easier for hate groups to recruit, easier for foreign intelligence agencies to interfere in our elections, and easier for a country like Myanmar to commit genocide against the Rohingya. Voltaire was right, “those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”  And social media lets authoritarians push absurdities to billions of people.'


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Here is an important point: "I'm speaking up today because I believe that our pluralistic democracies are on a precipice and that the next twelve months, and the role of social media, could be determinant. "

"British voters will go to the polls while online conspiracists promote the despicable theory of "great replacement" that white Christians are being deliberately replaced by Muslim immigrants.

Americans will vote for president while trolls and bots perpetuate the disgusting lie of a "Hispanic invasion."

And after years of YouTube videos calling climate change a "hoax," the United States is on track, a year from now, to formally withdraw from the Paris Accords. A sewer of bigotry and vile conspiracy theories that threatens democracy and our planetthis cannot possibly be what the creators of the internet had in mind."

"I believe it's time for a fundamental rethink of social media and how it spreads hate, conspiracies and lies. Last month, however, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook delivered a major speech that, not surprisingly, warned against new laws and regulations on companies like his. Well, some of these arguments are simply absurd. Let's count the ways."

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By now, you all know that I write about The Unintended Consequences of transformational eras of which our era Is one.! Information technology changed every society The world is currently in chaos.

The chaos of the internet is what is different, today, and it is is this ripping apart societies across the world. It is not just that families, neighborhoods, communities have disappeared, so all the benefits that their wisdom and companionship are gone. It is that IN THE PLACE OF the Beneficial values passed on in real communities , comes the internet... cyberspace, where division and violence are fed to our most impressional people--

And now, in this transformational era of information technology (tv and the internet) comes the anarchy of cyberspace, where images and memes sell disinformation to a stressed, fearful and ignorant citizenry. Read 'In the Absence of the Sacred' by Jerry Mander.

The information technology revolution began with television. Pushing the values of the power elites who own the media... and suddenly, 60 years after Howdy Doody, we can flip channels and see in that huge window on the world... endless aggression, violence and blood. The animated shows fed to our young people are all about violence -- as an evil character must be bested by powerful super-heroes.No more stories where people work together to find solutions.And instead of quiet time, where one reads timeless stories where people find ways to survive over adversity, video games give angry people a way to finally 'win," and as they watch...they lose touch with humanity.

Here is a 'must see' Jerry Mander video, made about television's impact in 2010.

I read his book on this subject, "Four Arguments for the Elimination Of Television" in the eighties. This is the subject that I studied and which I write about for decades!


Now, Sasha Baron Cohen nails it. BUT if you listened to Fiona Hill, you heard how 'fictional narratives' were spread by our President and his cronies."

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There are many intelligent and perceptive people in or near positions of power. For some of them, these consequences are intended.

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