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  • Doug Belshaw 8:55 pm on January 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dan Carlin, democracy, fake news, The Science of Success   

    Dan Carlin on being an ‘informed citizen’ 

    I mentioned Dan Carlin’s interview on The Science of Success podcast in my most recent article for Thought Shrapnel.

    Dan Carlin: Fake News, Misinformation, and Being an Informed Citizen

    Above is the audio from 37:37 to 51:23 which is think is the best part of the podcast episode. Highly recommended listening!

     
  • Doug Belshaw 12:56 pm on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: democracy, Guy Debord   

    With the destruction of history, contemporary events themselves retreat into a fabulous distance, among its unverifiable stories, uncheckable statistics, unlikely explanations and untenable reasoning. For every imbecile who has advanced spectacularly, there are only the mediatics who can respond with a few respectful rectifications or remonstrations, and they are miserly, for besides their extreme ignorance, their personal and professional solidarity with the spectacle’s general authority and the society it expresses, makes it their duty, and their pleasure, never to diverge from that authority whose majesty must not be damaged. It must not be forgotten that all mediatics, through wages and other rewards and recompenses, has a master, and sometimes to several; and that every one of them knows he is dispensable.

    Guy Debord, Commentaries on The Society of the Spectacle
     
  • Doug Belshaw 10:42 am on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: democracy, Guy Debtors,   

    One enemy of spectacular democracy is the same as another, just like spectacular democracies themselves.

    Guy Debord, Commentaries on The Society of the Spectacle
     
  • Doug Belshaw 2:41 pm on April 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: democracy,   

    There is a recognised crisis in democracy in the UK, a democratic deficit, fuelled by austerity, social decline and democratic alienation, especially in UK northern towns, who often voted for Brexit almost in spite at the system failing them. Towns suffering from what had been called “shit life syndrome” by Blackpool’s public health leaders. Shit lives exist everywhere in the UK, but are concentrated into post industrial working class communities, or coastal resorts full of underused bed and breakfast hotels, plenty of fast food, and cheap alcohol outlets. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have them, too, but Scotland, at least, has some greater vision than trickle-down economics.
     
  • Doug Belshaw 2:18 pm on April 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: democracy,   

    It is a paradox of modern politics that, despite 24/7 media coverage and an unprecedented crisis engulfi British governmental institutions, the public is remarkably disengaged. The Twittersphere expands while the public sphere contracts, leaving disillusioned citizens in a managerial democracy.
     
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