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Book Review: Matt Taibbi's "Hate Inc."
Jul 28 · 29 min read
One of the few useful things that Donald Trump has contributed to our national conversation is the concept of "fake news."
He was right, but for the wrong reasons.
For Trump, news is fake if it does not sufficiently fawn over his fragile ego. In reality, the news we consume is a dangerous stew of fearmongering and corporate groupthink, which has nothing to do with the public interest, and everything to do with scaring the ---- out of each and every one of us.
It is the path to totalitarianism, and we're already well on our way.
With his new book "Hate Inc.; Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another" (O/R Books, 2019), Matt Taibbi enters this field with a journalist's background, and the eye of an academic.
Taibbi is a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a self-appointed media critic.
Taibbi's observations are anecdotal, and suffer from the same axe-grinding that weighs down Manufacturing Consent.
Still, the anecdotes, at various times, will shock, amuse, and enrage.
It is rage, though, that is the gist of Taibbi's thesis. In sum, Hate Inc. documents the fall of actual reporting, and the rise of what we now call "influencers."
Their rise was in service of dividing the audience into equal halves, whipping both sides into mutual rage, directed against one another.
The result is a news product that has increasingly less to do with facts and context, and more to do with dumbing down the message, and consequently, the audience.
The result is an open door for further abuse of governmental power.
If we stay on the current trajectory, totalitarianism will not just come to the United States -- we will demand it.
Welcome to the United States of Dysfunction.