Alternative Facts and the Bizarre Reality of the Beast "45"

It's been a while since I posted.  Haven't had much to say.  Then I surfed into this article on Salon.com:  Why Trump Lies It’s not just to hide the truth. It’s to alter reality,

This article is adapted from The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time.

In 1985, critic and educator Neil Postman published Amusing Ourselves to Death, the most incisive, impassioned warning label ever issued on our media diet. To illuminate the danger, he contrasts two pivotal works of dystopian fiction: George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain.  In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

Orwell, who in 1948 was fixed on Nazi devastation and Soviet ascendancy, seemed to have nailed it. But 37 years later, Postman saw that in our time and place, it’s unquestionably Huxley. He portrayed a world that leads ineluctably to the election of Donald Trump.

Food for thought.

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Comment by alsoknownas on May 19, 2017 at 1:10pm

Huxley died the same day as JFK.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 19, 2017 at 2:31pm

Didn't know that, thanks for commenting.

Comment by Rosigami on May 19, 2017 at 5:34pm

What an interesting article. This paragraph from the text at your link really hit home, considering that it was written in 1974:

"So, to the question endlessly asked by an incredulous public: Why, in the name of all that is holy, has no one confiscated Donald Trump’s cellphone? Hannah Arendt offers a partial answer in a 1974 interview:

... A lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows.
And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people, you can then do what you please."
Comment by koshersalaami on May 19, 2017 at 6:56pm

The press is only beginning to figure out how it's been played

Comment by alsoknownas on May 19, 2017 at 7:09pm

I didn't have time to read earlier JMac.

Rosi has pointed out something in the articles you linked that has really grabbed my attention.

We're on lunacy overload.

You either have the lunacy end, find something you can believe, or you lose sight of your future.

Comment by Ron Powell on May 19, 2017 at 7:35pm

They made Obama give up his beloved Blackberry on Inauguration Day.

The eationale was would be,aasassins could use the signal to trace and track his whereabouts.

If the secret service or other agency made the same demand iof Trump , all it did was add to his suspicionas and made more fodder for his paranoid conspiracy theories....

In case you weren'tt aware, everybody's out to get him.

They've been after him ever since he finished the Manhattan skyscraper he was born in.

Comment by Rosigami on May 19, 2017 at 8:30pm

"Lunacy overload"; Yes exactly, alsoknownas.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 20, 2017 at 7:29am

Rosi, Kosh, aka, Ron & Terry,  Thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by Maui Surfer on May 20, 2017 at 9:13am

"They've been after him ever since he finished the Manhattan skyscraper he was born in."

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha- best ever creation story of our Dear Leader!

Komrade Konfederate is simply a symptom of Americun illness. The only cure is courage, enough to face the past with some brass and step up like the Kama'aina Haole here in the Islands did a long time ago.

"Americans are cowards on race"

AG Holder --- who could possibly understand it better than he?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 20, 2017 at 9:56am

Thanks for commenting, Maui

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