I propose we do something more active. And this is more directed at the OP than it is towards you, @ClutchLinkey.
We need to demand that media stop giving them infinite coverage and that social media stop giving them a free megaphone. That’s not ignoring. It’s stopping fanning the flames and throwing fuel on the fire.
Second, what little coverage they do get needs to be accompanied by fact-checking, EVERY TIME. In other words, what little airplay they get is just long enough for truth and reason to instantly debunk it. Simultaneously. Not disconnected in time.
When so called officials and leaders say false stuff, it needs an instant label.
Zuckerberg and MSM are in the megaphone business. They want every man, woman and child to buy one. And they get a royalty every time someone uses theirs. What they don’t see, can’t see, is that in a totally chaotic, free “state” (think atoms in Brownian motion), the truth telling megaphone wielders are continually drowned out by the cacophony of the lying, fantasy, fabrication, falsehoods, bullshit, dishonest megaphone wielders.
If we value a free society based on truth, honesty and science, we need a way to cause truth to regain its primacy. Otherwise, we’ll just see more and more bullshit pile up. And pre 2020, that was all cute and fine and theoretical. But now, in 2020, we have seen first hand that bullshit KILLS. Lies are literally killing us, as they always have… But now it’s in our faces and we can see it.
We have literally seen George Floyd killed on national TV because of a racist fabrication and enablers who did not stop his killer. Lies are killing us and we watch them reign superior every single day.
All the lies about race, ableism, sexism, trans and homophobia, lies about how medicine works, lies about social structure, lies about nearly everything under the sun… They’ve got to be expunged or we are going to extinct ourselves.
It’s so perplexing to me on another level, also. If I were going to personally construct a fantasy world, I’d at least make sure it is beautiful, full of fun things to do, interesting people and creatures to talk to, no sickness or suffering, every person equal and welcome. I’d make my fantasy world an amazing place. Not some hellscape like Dante’s inferno mixed with classical Chinese Hell of 18 levels and 40,000 different forms of torture and suffering. I am perplexed by how insane this world is.
I want a world where all we do is love each other, try to give each other support and pleasure, and kindness is rule #1. We can disagree, but we do it with kindness and logic. Anyways, enough rambling on a Sunday morning.
Humanity: great potential, but got lost somewhere in the delivery.
“I knew I shoulda made that left toin at Albakoiky.”