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What the left can learn from Bannon
August 2017 | Financial Times | Gillian Tett.

I had a chance to chat with Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist until he was ousted last week. I met him inside his so-called war room at the White House and, like most visitors, I was struck by the battle plans that lined his den: white posters laying out his goals, listed by priority and ticked off (or not).....But Bannon was different: he had four small TVs covering a range of news, and at the centre was a fifth, single big screen. That was not tuned to Fox but to CNN, a channel Trump has repeatedly criticised and dismissed as showing “fake news”. The reason? Bannon apparently likes to “watch the enemy”; not for him the cosy option of staying inside the rightwing echo chamber......Bannon is one of the most fascinating figures I’ve met....Never mind the fact that he is whip-smart and widely read, what is also striking is that he seems to have a quasi-anthropological understanding of the power of symbols and ways of defining identity, which he manipulates to advance his goals. No, I don’t like his promotion of economic nationalism. And I recoil with horror from the alt-right movement and its racist ideology......But the consistency of his beliefs is undoubtedly powerful, particularly given that most politicians seem to lack principle or passion these days. And I admire the fact that he has a clear sense of strategy and wants to watch and analyse the entire ecosystem, even if parts of it, such as CNN, represent everything he loathes......Nor was I surprised when Bannon told Financial Times reporters that he loves reading the FT (there are numerous photos of him carrying the paper under his arm). .......while much of the mainstream establishment wrings its hands, they should also ask themselves if they can learn some useful lessons from Bannon. I am not for a moment suggesting that the establishment embrace his views. But Bannon’s decision to monitor the entire media ecosystem is striking. As I have written in previous columns, the American media these days tend to be tribal. Some liberal media consumers, for example, were trapped in such an intellectual echo chamber that they barely knew about the impact of the alt-right before they saw footage of the neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia.If Bannon’s critics want to fight back, they badly need to get out of their cocoon, and start clicking on to Breitbart News, watching Fox, reading message groups on Reddit and listening to rightwing radio hosts such as Glenn Beck. If that is too hard, they could take a look at the conservative commentaries on mindingthecampus.com, a website that explores the culture wars being waged at universities.....if you don’t like what is happening today, you do at least need to understand it.
Stephen_Bannon  Gillian_Tett  Breitbart  bigotry  Donald_Trump  chauvinism  Fox_News  Fox_TV  economic_nationalism  echo_chambers  alt-right  discomforts  right-wing 
august 2017 by jerryking
White Supremacists Without Borders - The New York Times
JUNE 22, 2015 | NYT|MORRIS DEES and J. RICHARD COHEN.

This month, S.P.L.C. staffers will join activists from the United States and Europe at a conference in Budapest about this transnational white supremacism that is emerging as the world grows more connected by technology. The message of white genocide is spreading. White nationalists look beyond borders for confirmation that their race is under attack, and they share their ideas in the echo chamber of racist websites.

The days of thinking of domestic terrorism as the work of a few Klansmen or belligerent skinheads are over. We know Islamic terrorists are thinking globally, and we confront that threat. We’ve been too slow to realize that white supremacists are doing the same.
Charleston_shootings  white_supremacy  globalization  terrorism  racism  Confederacy  white_nationalists  nationalism  echo_chambers 
june 2015 by jerryking
M.I.T.'s Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
April 15, 2014 | NYT | By STEVE LOHR.

Alex Pentland --“Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lesson From a New Science.”

Mr. Pentland has been identified with concepts — and terms he has coined — related to the collection and interpretation of all that data, like “honest signals” and “reality mining.” His descriptive phrases are intended to make his point that not all data in the big data world is equal....Reality mining, for example, examines the data about what people are actually doing rather than what they are looking for or saying. Tracking a person’s movements during the day via smartphone GPS signals and credit-card transactions, he argues, are far more significant than a person’s web-browsing habits or social media comments....Central to the concept of social physics is the ability to measure communication and transactions as never before. Then, that knowledge about the flow of ideas can be used to accelerate the pace of innovation.

The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration.” Engagement is a measure of how often people in a group communicate with each other, sharing social knowledge. Exploration is a measure of seeking out new ideas and new people.

A golden mean is the ideal....[traders] with a balance of diversity of ideas in their trading network — engagement and exploration — had returns that were 30 percent ahead of isolated traders and well ahead of the echo chamber traders, too....The new data and measurement tools, he writes, allow for a “God’s eye view” of human activity. And with that knowledge, he adds, comes the potential to engineer better decisions in a “data-driven society.”
Alex_Pentland  books  cross-pollination  curiosity  data_scientists  data_driven  decision_making  massive_data_sets  MIT  Mydata  sensors  social_physics  Steve_Lohr  idea_generation  heterogeneity  ideas  intellectual_diversity  traders  social_data  signals  echo_chambers 
april 2014 by jerryking
The land of the free-thinker?
March 18 2011 FT.com / Arts / Film & Television By Simon
Schama."this act of small-minded cultural vindictiveness isn’t about
dollars and cents; it’s about purging the United States of “elite”
institutions that have dared to impose themselves on the commonwealth of
commerce in the name of public interest; the equation of civism with
Marxism. Other pariah institutions include the Environmental Protection
Agency...& PBS " ...Richard Hofstadter showed in his
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life...Understanding the rest of the
world, however, is not a priority for the American right. It would
rather live in the echo chamber of unexamined chauvinism.
anti-intellectualism  Simon_Schama  chauvinism  engaged_citizenry  EPA  NPR  PBS  books  public_interest  echo_chambers  right-wing 
march 2011 by jerryking
Toronto’s angry (non-white)voters
Oct. 27, 2010 | Nat. Post | Editorial. Mr. Ford’s victory
represents more than just a backlash against busybody govt. & big
spending: It represents a potential right-turn in the voting patterns of
Canada’s immigrant communities.
Notwithstanding what Ford’s opponents & their Toronto Star echo
chamber wanted voters to believe, white men aren’t the only Torontonians
in an angry mood: 47% of voters marked the ballot for a candidate who
promised to “stop the gravy train”...Most newcomers don’t dwell on
making Toronto “inclusive,” or alternative art exhibits or publicly
funded ethnic festivals. They are busy working long hrs. to feed their
children & put a roof over their heads. They don’t sympathize with
“fair wage” policies that pay inflated prices to keep unions happy, at
the expense of taxpayers who get by on mkt. wages. You only had to walk
through Ford’s victory party— as one editorial board member did on
Monday night — to see how the city’s electoral allegiances are changing.
Rob_Ford  mayoral  Toronto  diversity  immigrants  voting  ethnic_communities  editorials  echo_chambers  white_men 
october 2010 by jerryking
Epeus' epigone: WSJ dubbed internet parasite by WSJ editor
"Thomson argued newspapers "need to be honest in their role as deliverers of other people's ideas". And as those sites were exploiting the value of mainstream business thought, "we have to be at least as clever as they are in understanding the value of our own filler". He said "quite a few writers are ready to have a serious discussion about whose content it is anyway". Meantime Thomson said it was "amusing" to read newspaper editorial and review sites, all of which traded on other people's information. "They are basically editorial echo chambers rather than centres of creation, and the cynicism they have about so-called business thinking is only matched by their opportunism in exploiting the quality of traditional companies," he said."
Kevin_Marks  parody  newspapers  WSJ  Google  2009  copyright  echo_chambers 
april 2009 by Preoccupations
Blogging died in 1882 « Learn Online
"We were all then convinced that it was necessary for us to speak, write, and print as quickly as possible and as much as possible, and that it was all wanted for the good of humanity. And thousands of us, contradicting and abusing one another, all printed and wrote - teaching others. And without noticing that we knew nothing, and that to the simplest of life’s questions: What is good and what is evil? we did not know how to reply, we all talked at the same time, not listening to one another, sometimes seconding and praising one another in order to be seconded and praised in turn, sometimes getting angry with one another - just as in a lunatic asylum."
Leo_Tolstoy  via:rgreco  conversation  listening  echo_chambers  quotation  blogging 
january 2009 by Preoccupations
Echo Chambers = Democracy | Rebooting America
"The persistence of "echo chambers" on the Net is not a failure of democracy. ... their continued existence is evidence not only of the fractures in our society, but of the gap between our ideals of democracy & the mechanics of human social intercourse"
David_Weinberger  web  echo_chambers  democracy  culture  communication  2008  conversation 
july 2008 by Preoccupations

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