Staying sane—and saving democracy— under a Firehose of Outrageousness.
The Rand Corp. describes the extremely effective Firehose of Falsehoods propaganda method: a rapid, continuous barrage of outrageous falsehoods.
From the researchers: “Don’t expect to counter the firehose of falsehood with a squirt gun of truth.”(p.9)
Playing whack-a-lie will wear you out. Trump can reel off several lies in a minute.
Simple lies are easy to tell. Complex truths are harder and don't fit well into sound bites.
This is partly why the Rand Corp. researchers conclude that countering lies with the truth isn’t effective.
Example: if the goal of the lies is to undermine public desire to vote, find ways to boost support for voting.
I think we apply the same principle—counter the effect—to what we might call Trump’s Firehose of Outrageousness.
He's systematically dismantling the fed. government.
He directed the AG to investigate whether there was corruption in the FBI/ Mueller investigation, and the AG did his bidding.
He says elections are rigged.
This all takes a toll on people.
So we have to counter the effect.
Trump is trying to create a crisis at the border. People are countering this by volunteering to help. . .
Trump’s larger goal is to undermine democratic institutions.
Trump and his supporters don’t like democracy. (There've always been Americans who don’t.) Someone told me👇
(1) He keeps his base excited.
(2) He enrages his critics.
(3) He batters democratic institutions, and
(4) He fulfills his campaign promise, which was to protect his followers from their “enemies.”
Overdoing angry outrage also persuades liberals that there is no more hope, it’s all over. Another win for Trump.
It seems to me we need a balance.
Maybe it isn't hard, maybe he's a natural, but he's good at it.
But some educators go too far. Instead of educating people about the dangers, they persuade people that it's done, Trump succeeded, it's all over.
This is doing Putin's (and Trump's) work for them.
We find a way to counter the effects.
Trump’s goal is to destroy democracy, so we counter his Firehose of Outrageousness by strengthening democracy.
I’ve assembled some ideas and put them here:
If you have other ideas, let me know and I’ll add them.