Sacha Baron Cohen makes a good point

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  • darthpunk
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    Worth a listen. And it turns out, it’s the first time I’ve heard him talk in his own voice:

    footflaps
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    Very impressive!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Did he even look at the autocue?

    PJay
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    Excellent! Does he want to be PM?

    Ironic though that this speech isn’t only likely to get the coverage it really, really deserves because of social media.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Impressive.

    thered
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    Outstanding, should be shared all over social media.
    You may say that we should all close those accounts but lets be realistic it won’t happen, education is the key.

    Good listen, thanks

    scruff9252
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    That was an impressive speech.

    That is excellent

    avdave2
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    Thanks for posting that.

    stumpy01
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    Can’t really argue with that…

    Will be sure to share on Facebo….oh, wait a minute ;o)

    Premier Icon andybrad
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    THAT WAS REALLY VERY GOOD

    Excellent. That’s how you talk to an audience.

    Predictably, Youtube comments are turned off…

    Premier Icon Greybeard
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    Worth a listen, or as I prefer, a read (much faster) – you can read the full transcript on
    Watch Sacha Baron Cohen’s ADL Speech Taking On Social Media Giants: “The Greatest Propaganda Machine In History

    But, what do we, as electors, do about it?

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Did he even look at the autocue?

    Yes, he’s looking at either of the two screens most of the time. But it doesn’t take away from the very well structured and impressive speech

    Premier Icon DezB
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    He made a heck of a lot of good points.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Thanks for sharing. Great speech

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    THAT WAS REALLY VERY GOOD

    +1

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    My new favourite person.

    Premier Icon downshep
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    Accurate and articulately delivered. Given the online antics of the Conservative Party this week, don’t expect Social Media regulation anytime soon.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    That was really excellent, and facebook is exactly where it should be shared.  I can’t believe we are relying on comedians to present well reasoned beautifully delivered arguments but unfortunately it seems like these are the only folks who have the visibility to promote these messages now 🙁

    ads678
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    That was great, really powerful.

    Everyone should see that. I can’t disagree with any of what he said, but apart from this place I dont do social media.

    johnx2
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    …and I only do it in 5 minute bursts so there’s no way I’m going to get through 25 mins of video. Text is here if you scroll

    Don’t scroll too far though or you get to the comments. I saw something about china, internet censorship, okay to troll if you’re on telly. That sort of thing. So whilst I agree, being in the same bubble, with the points, I really can’t see them cutting through.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    That was excellent. Thanks for sharing OP

    Premier Icon mercuryrev
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    Absolutely superb speech and in the light of the fictitious tory party twitter accounts, doctored videos, misleading websites, very topical.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Properly impressive. Thanks for that

    Premier Icon senor j
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    👍⭐️

    Premier Icon mulacs
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    Powerful stuff

    Premier Icon drewd
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    That’s the best thing I’ve watched this week, thanks for sharing.

    Premier Icon bowglie
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    Wow. Thanks for sharing.

    Waderider
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    Spot on. Another thing politicians aren’t dealing with.

    Philby
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    Brilliant speech and so perfectly delivered. Boris could do with some lessons from him on how to get a message across clearly without coming across as a bumbling buffoon – as someone earlier posted Sacha for PM!

    Premier Icon rone
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    He’s an actor. Of course he can deliver a good speech!

    mooman
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    Whilst I can agree with a lot of what he says; it is overlooking that people can, and should be able to, make their own choices. There has never been as easy to access information and knowledge as it is today with the internet at our fingertips.
    I don’t agree with censoring things we may not agree with. I feel it’s better to see or hear these things and make our own informed decision on them. He seems to be making the assumption that people are too thick to be able to do this for themselves … that in itself is a scary road to go down.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Yes mooman but people don’t.  We assume that what we read in the news etc is real, current and about to happen.  Sure we can make choices but this isn’t about “Facebook told me this, I can press the yes or no button” it’s often about the subtle influences that colour our daily lives.

    Kids, teenagers, uneducated people and people with little time on their hands to study – bear in mind the pace of life today where “snowflakes” are a great example of wanting and therefore accepting everything immediately delivered to them – May even dismiss the headlines but the seed gets planted and grows everytime that a similar trend or topic is experienced.

    In some respects Cohen is right – immediate and obvious negative content should be removed, and posting should be delayed but what what be milliseconds in this technical age to avoid murderous, terrorist and anti-humanity content.  But filtering out more subtle detail is much harder.   But then would you trust the regulator?  The paranoia circle may change but not break.

    It’s a difficult area but these platforms have global reach and influence, whereas our brains have not grown far beyond managing content within the four walls of our abode, and therefore it changes our perception of our extended locale to be based on fear and digitally implanted stereotypes.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    He seems to be making the assumption that people are too thick to be able to do this for themselves

    It’s not that people are thick.

    The evidence shows that everyone is susceptible to confirmation bias. The issue is that campaigners are exploiting this innate tendency of humans.

    faerie
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    I’ve experienced racism and bigotry regularly; not just the in your face stuff that people feel entitled to express on the bus or in the shop queue but the subtler stuff said in conversation at work, in the pub or on social media. People feel they can justify their prejudices because it’s a joke or they’re entitled to their opinion, even if the facts suggest otherwise. If you challenge it you’re dismissed as a snowflake but the right to freedom of speech comes with responsibilities, like being informed and respectful. We often use the excuse that we’re being honest to explain perspective and ignorance towards those we see as others, without realising the consequences and that it perpetuates harmful stereotypes. That’s how we get away with saying or suggesting that a particular group of people are thieves, rapists, stupid, ugly, drug addicts such as travellers or or people of colour, especially online where you have the freedom of anonymity and security through detachment.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    I enjoyed reading that.

    My longest standing friend has a pot on her patio Sacha bought her as a present. It was to say thank her for being his tutor whilst he was doing history at Cambridge

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    scotroutes
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    Excellent. My only reservation is that he ignored the role of the traditional media. I don’t think it can be that easily dismissed. Take, for example, the DM and its influence on Brexit, or the BBC giving so many opportunities to Farage.

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