Fake news. So what? Doesn’t everyone realize that all news is fake to some degree or another? Yet, we are supposed to get excited about it, because it is the reigning popular explanation for the spectacular failure of the American political system.
The way I see it, you see a political ad and you agree with it, or you don’t. How does this change your opinion, other than to reinforce it slightly in the direction it already was leaning? That’s how all advertising works, and it doesn’t matter if it’s from the Evil Russians or the Wonderful Democrats or the Heinous Lying Republicans.
We see the ad and confirmation bias kicks in if we agree with it and we get a little dose of happy recognition and… uh. So what.
The New York Times [failing establishment mouthpiece] has a quiz in which we are to distinguish fake ads from authentic fake ads:
Uh, who cares?
How about this pair: this pair is even harder!
It’s like asking “who is a bigger bloviator, Deepak Chopra, or Juval Hariri?” It’s the wrong question – neither of them is worth listening to. If you told me that one of the twain was a liar and a bloviator, I would say “so what?”
I have to admit I kind of like the “Make Tenochtitlan Great Again” meme in this one. I’m not a fan of ethno-nationalism in general but, seriously, it’s unfair how such a great civilization has been blown out of the limelight by the diseased and smelly rejects of Europe who invaded the Americas. You know the Europeans didn’t send their best people, right?
The establishment wants us to be very disturbed that their system for promoting their important messaging has been suborned. To them, since they paid so much for it, it’s a scandal; it’s a very big deal. Watch them squirm in terror as they are discovering that having a ton of campaign contributions from big companies (or the NRA) is a campaign liability. I can’t wait ’till someone in the DNC or RNC hits upon the idea of accusing the democratic socialist movement of being funded by Russia. Especially if they win.
By “reigning popular” I mean “what the media is talking about.” The media love talking about themselves, so any story-line in which the media plays a starring role – whether as a hero or villain – is going to get air-play.