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    The New York Times Company | Kara Swisher | 5/26/20 | 7 min
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    • bill
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      1 month ago

      After completely ignoring him for over a year, I now look at Trump’s tweets about once a week, usually for about 10-15 minutes. Bizarre stuff. Unprecedented. Equal parts depressing and fascinating. I have no clue what Twitter can/should do about this whole thing, but I’m reminded of an episode of Fresh Air I once heard where Terry Gross interviewed a Supreme Court justice who said that in some huge, historical decisions (for example: brown vs. board of ed) there is the threat/fear/concern that the law will not be followed, which can lead to chaos, the complete breakdown of society; at the absolute highest levels (basically: president, Congress, SCOTUS) the balance of power is significantly more tenuous than we can comprehend. I often wonder if Americans today, even the older ones, are like young children who refuse to accept that their parents can’t save them from everything forever.

      That alone is a crazy thing to think about: the fragility of the union between our three branches of government, and what might the collapse look like. Theoretically, free media — meaning: access to good information — should be the thing that keeps us together. But journalism is broken. And it can break a whole lot more. And (yikes!) it often looks like we’re heading in that direction. Especially when pseudo-spokespeople from Twitter hand Kara Swisher stuff like this and she publishes it:

      the company has accelerated work on a more robust rubric around labeling and dealing with such falsehoods.

      Besides “the company” that whole string of words is pure garbage language. It means nothing because it’s meant to mean nothing. And as these nothings (“fake news”) keep piling up, disaster, real disaster, is on the horizon.

      • sjwoo1 month ago

        Searching "how long did it take for rome to fall" in Google:

        "Rome ruled much of Europe around the Mediterranean for over 1000 years. However, the inner workings of the Roman Empire began to decline starting around 200 AD. By 400 AD Rome was struggling under the weight of its giant empire. The city of Rome finally fell in 476 AD."

        276 years. Three current lifetimes, roughly. All you can do is strap in and ride it for as long as you can...

        • bill
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          1 month ago

          I keep telling myself: Rollercoasters are fun.