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I swallowed some propganda

I swallowed some propaganda. For many years, I've said that eating cattle causes methane. https://www.facebook.com/SustainableDish/photos/a.169058819794862/2772522009448517/?type=3&theater&ifg=1 This blog is about communications, not meat eating. If you are conversing with people across partisan divides, in these days of heavy propaganda and few gatekeepers, I wonder if it would help to share when swallow propaganda?

1-2-3: How racist trolling wins votes from people who don't want to be racist

I watched good folks start to tear into each other when this window decal made its way to a political facebook group.

I'm guessing: this image is seen as wildly racist to some, and a silly joke about lousy ex-boyfriends to others.

And there is a big danger: when people don't think they're sharing something racist, and then get accused of it, they tend to feel pushed out, not called in. This is creating, over and over, a feeling of rejection among a large part of the country.


This provocation is done very much on purpose:

Outrage and Solidarity: Example with Anne Frank quote

Cognitive Politics is about communications techniques. This blog looks at how we share outrage on social media, an exercise intended to be shared with the Smarter Politics community.


My friends are asking "When is the President going to be held accountable?"

Trump's America isn't what I ever thought America would be.

I'm angry in solidarity with you. SMART started because anger wasn't winning us elections, wasn't keeping people like Trump out of office.

Mueller Report: Clearest Observation

The spin on the Mueller Report is overwhelming: not just whether Trump is guilty, but even simply what did Mueller find: a lot of us are watching only soundbites. What communication techniques can help? What should progressives be sharing?

Question: what is the best short video, article and tweet (one of each) to share about the Mueller Report, that will help politically disinclined TV watchers say "that's not what I saw" when Mueller is described as having found nothing?

Techniques: 

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

See my review on GoodReads.

This book pulls a lot together. It connects how inequality is getting worse, and how that is bad for our country and our democracy, while also digging in to the reasons why it's getting worse. For all those negatives, it is positive and solution-oriented: Reich both admits to the negative trends and describes a realistic, non-utopian answer to turn the problems around.