- Sacha Baron Cohen makes a good point
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?Posted 3 weeks agoleffeboySubscriber
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 🙁Posted 3 weeks agojohnx2Member
…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.Posted 3 weeks agomoomanMember
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.Posted 3 weeks ago
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.Kryton57Subscriber
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.Posted 3 weeks agomolgripsSubscriber
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.Posted 3 weeks agofaerieMember
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.Posted 3 weeks ago
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