Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Charlie Martin on the "Trump Trance," Styx on the presser

Scott Adams isn't the only one to talk and write in terms of cognition, perception, and persuasion. Charlie Martin, one of the few right-leaning Zennies I know of (and whom I cited earlier), has written an article on Trump's awkward press conference titled "'Trump Trance'? Media Sure It 'Heard' Sweden Comment Trump Never Said." If I recall correctly, Martin isn't a fan of Trump, so this shouldn't be read as an impassioned defense of the president. It's more a commentary on the state of derangement of the mainstream media.

Over at his corner of YouTube, Styxhexenhammer666 concedes that Trump spoke very poorly, but that el presidente has his heart and priorities in the right place. As I learned last year, the media really are wearing a massive reality-distortion filter that reliably warps all sense data coming their way, and this warping flows into a feedback loop that intensifies the media's collective psychosis, seemingly leading to self-destruction. The problem is that, viewed as an institution, the media are huge and entrenched. Watching them die will be a lot like watching North Korea die: it'll happen slowly, and there's a chance it may not happen at all—not as long as deep pockets with sinister agendas keep funding the beast.


King Baeksu said...

The New York Times:


The reality:

Trump and The Truth about Sweden

The NYT's Peter Baker is based in Washington, DC and co-writer Sewell Chan is based in London. What the fuck do they know about the on-the-gound reality of what's happening in Sweden right now?

Sorry, folks, but all your pretty lies can be debunked in real time now thanks to the magic of YouTube. And, actually, it was a YouTube video that started it all in the first place:


If you think Mr. Horowitz's video is just propaganda, have a gander at this:

Migrants Attack 60 Minutes Crew In Sweden

I guess "cultural enrichment" has now been redefined by our betters to mean having a stone chucked at your face. Duck while you still can, people!

King Baeksu said...

Charlie Marin: "This was an entirely different phenomenon: people's perceptions are actually being altered, first by their attitudes toward Trump, and then by the reinforcement from various outlets that share their attitudes toward Trump."

There's a specific term for this: "Gaslighting."

"The term 'gaslighting' has been used colloquially since the 1960s, to describe efforts to manipulate someone's sense of reality. In a 1980 book on child sexual abuse, Florence Rush summarized George Cukor's 1944 film version of Gas Light, and wrote, 'even today the word [gaslighting] is used to describe an attempt to destroy another's perception of reality.'"

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting

Martin's formulation above is similar to "confirmation bias," but somewhat misses the mark when he writes: "...first by their attitudes toward Trump..."

Trump was originally a Democrat and is fairly close to JFK on most policy issues. The ridiculous notion that he is "Hitler" was implanted by the MSM early on in his presidential campaign, which is why the term "gaslighting" is much closer to the mark.

King Baeksu said...

Once again, Trump was right:

Riot in Rinkeby 2017/02/20



John Mac said...

Even on the beach in the Philippines it has been entertaining watching liberal heads explode over what Trump said or more precisely, what he didn't say. The lack of self-awareness that by saying he said what he didn't, they are engaging in the same behavior they accuse Trump of doing.

Seriously, I'm laughing at them.