How Democracy Dies

    August 30, 2020


    Carole Cadwalladr is a British author and investigative journalist/The Observer.

    “We are what happens to a western democracy when a hundred years of electoral laws are disrupted by technology. Is this what we want? To let them get away with it?”

    A Kenosha Militia Facebook Event Asking Attendees To Bring Weapons Was Reported 455 Times. Moderators Said It Didn’t Violate Any Rules. It remained up. Two people were shot dead. Then it came down.

    Their excuse? ‘Operational mistake.’


    Free Press:

    “Over and over again Facebook fails to stop the glorification and celebration of white supremacist violence. It’s disgusting and unacceptable.”



    Jay Rosen, Journalism professor at NYU:

    “The conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has gotten 56 million total interactions on his Facebook page in the last 30 days. That’s more than the main pages of ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR combined.”

    Seth Godin, author and former ‘dot com’ business executive:

    ‘Systemic problems demand systemic solutions.

    First, we have to pay attention.

    Then we need to acknowledge that a solution is possible.

    And then we need to commit. To the long, persistent road to altering the status quo.

    The world is forcing us to pay attention to lingering problems more urgently than ever before. Real change on issues of dignity, justice and health are long overdue

    Urgent problems are too important to earn only a moment of our attention. Important projects demand that we keep showing up to make the change we seek. Showing up and showing up, at the root and at every turn, consistently working toward systemic solutions.

    When we think about the problems we’ve solved as a community, this is the way it always happens. Making things better, over time, with focus. Persistent commitment doesn’t lower the urgency of the moment, it acknowledges it.’


    Kevin Roose, NY Times Columnist:

    “If you don’t think DT can get re-elected in November, you need to spend more time on FB. The result is a kind of parallel media universe shaping its own version of reality.”

    August FB interactions:

    CNN: 21 million

    NYT: 8M

    Ben Shapiro: 55M

    August FB video views

    CNN: 73M

    NYT: 12M

    The Hodgetwins: 84M

    August FB shares:

    CNN: 2.2M

    NYT: 800K

    Dan Bongino: 5.6M

    CNN’s Brian Stelter talks ‘Citizens Agenda’


    The news media needs a reset.

    Jay Rosen explains ‘Citizen’s Agenda.’

    The Citizens Agenda is a model for generating more responsive, inclusive & useful news coverage for voters.


    Center for Action & Contemplation, Aug. 28th:

    ‘Group egocentricity is even more dangerous than personal egocentricity. It looks like greatness when it is often no more than disguised egotism. Loyalties at this level have driven most of human history—and most wars—up to now.’


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