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Justin Hendrix @justinhendrix
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The information environment in America is only going to get worse. Left & right are building more weapons, recruiting more soldiers and irregulars, pumping more money & time into civil information warfare. Gaming the platforms, diminishing traditional media, fighting one another.
The media center of gravity on the left has it moored closer to traditional gatekeepers and fact based journalism. But that won't hold forever. Those on the left admire the tactics of the right, and seek them out. "It's okay when we do it."
We see every issue as winner take all. Every statement is immediately siezed upon and memed. When will we ever be able to sit down again and talk like adults about major challenges? How will we ever be able to negotiate the complex trade-offs necessary to confront climate change?
@selectedwisdom had said he can imagine the situation decaying to the point where a major candidate runs on the platform of breaking up the United States. Here's a future I can imagine:
As the ravaging effects of climate change mount, Americans are unable to do anything about it. The costs are too high and the problem too dire. The debate is so vile the country is paralayzed.
Eventually, an authoritarian strain emerges, maybe even from the left. Drastic measures must be taken. To quell debate and act social media platforms are nationalized. Emergency orders put into effect.
The technology infrastructure Silicon Valley created is quickly converted into an entirely state controlled apparatus.
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