"A blaze covering hundreds of acres will not seem, to anyone watching it on a tiny iPhone screen, any larger or more significant than a confrontation between a policeman and a protester on a random city block."
important by @anneapplebaum theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
@anneapplebaum Do you remember the "gilets jaunes" movement in France in late 2018? All the images of Paris on fire? What happened was that protesters built small bonfires hundreds of meters from major sites, then photographed the sites through the flames to create a false image of chaos
@anneapplebaum So this
@anneapplebaum was magnified into this
@anneapplebaum There's a vast social media enterprise to make small annoyances and petty crimes look like vast social disturbance. All to conceal and deny truly vast disasters: a pandemic that has killed 200,000 Americans; wildfires that have driven tens of thousands from their homes.

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