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Fox News Rehab: How To End Unhealthy Addiction to Fox News Tribal Hate Media

My recent book "Foxocracy: Inside the Network's Playbook of Tribal Warfare" explains how I learned to write and perform Fox News's emotionally and psycholgocially predatory and innately manipulative white tribal partisan hate media content. These articles are about helping Fox News addicts to kick their socially, mentally and physically unhealthy habit and return to an agree-to-disagree human being again

YouTube Videos Brainwashed My Father. Can I Reprogram His Feed? - The New York Times

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on dealing with a parent radicalized by a recommendation engine and whether to cut off a friend who has joined a cult.

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You've Been Conditioned to Believe Conspiracy Theories—Or Have You? - Popular Mechanics

You've Been Conditioned to Believe Conspiracy Theories—Or Have You? - Popular Mechanics

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Feeding Hate With Video: A Former Alt-Right YouTuber Explains His Methods

Focus on conflict. Feed the algorithm. Make sure whatever you produce reinforces a narrative. Don’t worry if it is true.

The GOP and Conservative Media Now Resemble the Communists of My Youth - The Bulwark

When, in the early 1990s, I first arrived in Washington, D.C. as a student from the newly free Czechoslovakia, the Republican party was a beacon of hope. It steadfastly advocated for liberty, both political and economic. It harbored no illusions about Cuba and other totalitarian states. It largely understood the…

The GOP and Conservative Media Now Resemble the Communists of My Youth - The Bulwark

When, in the early 1990s, I first arrived in Washington, D.C. as a student from the newly free Czechoslovakia, the Republican party was a beacon of hope. It steadfastly advocated for liberty, both political and economic. It harbored no illusions about Cuba and other totalitarian states. It largely understood the…

Conservative Fanboys - The Bulwark

Fans of big fictional universes — Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, The Simpsons — often speak to each other in references. “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” “Cheese-eating surrender monkeys.” “BortaSnIvqu’ ‘oH bortaS’e’.” These in-group references can sometimes be exclusionary—or even seem rude to casual fans. But they can also be a…

Facebook and Twitter algorithms incentivize 'people to get enraged': Walter Isaacson

Author Walter Isaacson — best known for his biography of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs — said social media platforms should take more responsibility for the extremism and misleading information fostered by their sites.

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Former Neo-Nazi Accuses Fox News of Radicalizing Americans: ‘They Say The Same Stuff I Used to Say’

Former Neo-Nazi Accuses Fox News of Radicalizing Americans: ‘They Say The Same Stuff I Used to Say’

QAnon has some weird overlaps with MMA, WWE, and Wellness Influencer Culture | Boing Boing

QAnon cultivates interesting bedfellows. It's one of the things I've found most horribly fascinating about it. It's a conspiracy theory that represents the perfect apex of every exploitative cult tactic that con artists and snake-oil salespeople have used over the years—an inevitable evolutionary endpoint of the art on preying on peoples' desires. I saw this…

Sugar Rush - Why The Economy Will Run Hot, Then Crash | Seeking Alpha

The expected "sugar rush" from more stimulus is why the economy will "run hot" then crash.

Soledad O’Brien Calls Out Cable Networks for Overdramatizing News During Disinformation Hearing: ‘Don’t Book Liars’

Broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien called out cable networks for overdramatizing the news and under representing Americans during the House Sub-Committee hearing on "disinformation and extremism in the media.”

There Is a Way to Take Down Fox News (And It’s Not a Boycott)

In this episode of The New Abnormal, Media Matters’ Angelo Carusone shares Fox News’ alleged Achilles heel and Sam Brodey gives us an insider POV of the impeachment hearings.

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The Fairness Doctrine won’t solve our problems — but it can foster needed debate

The Fairness Doctrine won’t solve our problems — but it can foster needed debate

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