MIDDLE CLASS – WORKING CLASS – DIVIDED AND CONQUERED

Big money populism - exemplified by Donald Trump and Boris Johnson - is just one side of the capitalist sociopath coin. The other side, maybe more important, is middle class disconnection. Populism fills the vacuum left by middle class retrenchment. Tribalism and social media are tools for this isolation, not causes...

QUESTION: SHOULD SOCIAL MEDIA BE REGULATED?

There's much talk lately about regulating social media corporations - for and against these companies having freedom to censor users or protecting individual access to platforms as ubiquitous as a public utility. Should social media be regulated?

60 SECOND CONTRARIAN: “What is wrong with social media?”

Social media is a quixotic chain gang, prisoners shackled together by some antithesis of merit - failed wannabe artists, lazy scavengers of other people's renown - craving... 250 words more, read on.

SPOONFEEDING THE WARM DIARRHOEA OF SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE

Social media is a quixotic chain gang, prisoners shackled together by some antithesis of merit - failed wannabe artists, lazy scavengers of other people's renown - craving the recognition talent might have brought them, to fill the void of unfulfilled sociopath self-regard.

COGNITIVE ASSONANCE DEFINED

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is a psychological state, observed when a brain holds onto a belief (about reality) in the face of persistent contradictory evidence; by somehow ignoring it. COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is stressful but not as disturbing as having to explode a belief. The brain's natural non-stress state, however, is COGNITIVE CONSONANCE, where belief is evidentially and consistently in alignment with reality. The less easily observed but nonetheless essential enabler of COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is known as COGNITIVE ASSONANCE. ASSONANCE recasts DISSONANCE with most of its stress removed so it feels almost as natural as CONSONANCE.