It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth. Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon. Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another. We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority. We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.” This is merely suppression of opposing ideas. I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one. People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents. Hostility is projected, received and internalized. With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.
What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly. What are you doing to prepare?