The ever-insightful danah boyd digs deep into the current state of our news ecosystem and how it contributes to the ongoing shitshow of our times.
we have reached a stage in our political climate where there is more power in seeding doubt, destabilizing knowledge, and encouraging others to distrust other systems of knowledge production. Contemporary propaganda isn’t about convincing someone to believe something, but convincing them to doubt what they think they know. And once people’s assumptions have come undone, who is going to pick them up and help them create a coherent worldview?
We all need somebody to catch us when our worldview collapses. The person or group who is there when we need them the most. What danah digs into is the weaponization of this basic need and the manipulation of the conditions to trigger it.