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Not trying to be melodramatic or needlessly rhetorical or anything but this is something I've often wondered.
I mean, people's personal biases and subjective reasoning are going to play out no matter what sort of information they're receiving anyway, correct?
Like that's how it works, you can report the facts but immediately people are going to interpret them in their own way and I realize that's the way it's always been but with more news and political organizations operating along the lines of advertising agencies aiming to pull at heartstrings and being all about the emotional appeal, do you think we're approaching this kind of paradigm where the prevailing academic emphasis, as far as sociopolitical subjects are concerned, will be more about preparing people not only to try and sift through the bullshit, but also maybe to thrive in it? To utilize misinformation and propaganda as legitimate argumentative tools in and of themselves?
See, everyone's going to have an agenda, so why not take the plunge and fully embrace a world where information itself isn't as important as how it can be used, where reality doesn't matter nearly as much as a compelling and effective argument? Aren't we sort of there already, only with the majority of people still naive enough to consciously believe they have a reasonable grasp on objective reality?
Obviously the issues I'm raising aren't new or ground-breaking by any stretch of the imagination but what's really curious to me is how courses specifically covering "the politics of spin" are largely absent from the realm of established academia.