r/politics Jun 02 '21

'Our Entire Democracy Is Now at Risk' Because of GOP Attacks, Warn 100+ Scholars

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/01/our-entire-democracy-now-risk-because-gop-attacks-warn-100-scholars
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u/Blahblkusoi North Carolina Jun 02 '21

I'm pretty sure the ship has already sailed. There's no way to deprogram so many people.

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u/LanceBassProShop Jun 02 '21

There's only one way but it affects us all: heavily regulate the internet.

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u/Tree_wifi747 Jun 02 '21

Nah, what we need to do is shut down Fox News

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u/LanceBassProShop Jun 02 '21

It's a hydra head. Shutting down Fox News isn't going to work.

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u/machineprophet343 California Jun 02 '21

Especially since they have Breitbart, OANN, NewsMax, and whatever other "true conservative' agitprop networks ready to step up...

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u/Tree_wifi747 Jun 02 '21

Yeah but Fox News normalizes the crazy and reaches a much wider audience

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u/LanceBassProShop Jun 02 '21

So does Facebook.

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u/Tree_wifi747 Jun 02 '21

I don’t disagree with you, but Facebook isn’t a passive medium. You can argue how useful it is but you can at least engage with the content. Fox News is passive. It presents itself as a legitimate news source, and takes its ideas and neatly packages them for consumption. Tucker Carlson is able to spew bullshit at 100mi a minute with no opposition, and his viewers only have to sit there, listen and take in the propaganda.

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u/bossbang Jun 03 '21

What you suggest is putting a leash on the hydra. Then handing the leash over the Republicans to walk it wherever they see fit

We already lost the battle for net neutrality, and any attempts at “controlling” what is and is not okay for internet will invariably be tainted by Republicans

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u/LanceBassProShop Jun 03 '21

What you suggest is putting a leash on the hydra. Then handing the leash over the Republicans to walk it wherever they see fit

Except that's not what I'm suggesting at all.

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u/bossbang Jun 03 '21

What are you actually proposing then? Do you have any actual ideas of your own, beyond just "no"?

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u/LanceBassProShop Jun 03 '21

Eliminate social media platforms.

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u/bossbang Jun 03 '21

Muzzle everyone is your idea.

....right.

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u/LanceBassProShop Jun 03 '21

Yes, you understand now. Stopping disinformation is the game. Catch up.