JeffTilley "Perhaps I was somewhat defensive in my remarks. I apologize. Onto the subject of Facebooks influence on our elections. I do believe it’s minimal at best."
Do you believe the margin of victory in the 2016 election was a minimal margin?
"I don’t believe most folks are that naive. If they are then this nation is in deep doodoo. I don’t believe Facebook has any more of an influence on our election process than our own msm does."
I do think a great number of people ARE that naive. What else would explain a large number of individuals voting against their own self interest? Furthermore, if the statistics are accurate then, the average IQ is 100 and that means have of the population is at or below "average". (Granted, I'm quite aware of a number of individuals who successfully compensate for a lower "quotient" via effort and hard work while it's likely a similar faction have a higher "quotient" and under-achieve.)
"I agree fake news is a problem, but not only on Facebook. Our own msm is guilty, too. Everybody has become sensationalized like the National Enquirer, in search of every dollar they can squeeze out of us. There’s a reason we the people trust the msm less than politicians, and that’s sad."
You use a lot of sweeping generalizations. Consequently, it is difficult for me to respond to them with any sort of accuracy. I see things on continuum's - not all or nothing.
I posted an article from The Atlantic. Is that main stream media? Do you believe it to be a reputable source? Is PBS/NPR a reputable source? Do you believe Fox News is a reputable source? I'd need you to further clarify what you call MSM. Are some more corrupt than others - and if so, which ones? I do realize that you've an already formulated opinion as you showed your hand quite clearly in an earlier reply. Seems you believe that "liberals" jumped on and cornered the 'market' sooner then whatever your adjective of choice is for an opposed "party" or affiliation. (See, I have to tip-toe around this specific topic a bit because a couple of decades ago I'd have described myself as a conservative-liberal. So, do you believe there is more propaganda coming out of liberal-controlled MSM? Do you believe there is, in general just a greater amount of liberally biased MSM? If so, why might that be? In a free market are they not also determined by supply and demand: that there's more Liberally-biased MSM than conservative because there's a greater degree of liberal thinking? Wow, then the results of both the most recent presidential election and the mid-terms prior to that would have been falling on a lot of deaf ears AND clearly those propaganda machines failed. Hmmm... quite a quandary for your theory to clarify. But, I'm willing to listen...
JeffTilley "Everybody has become sensationalized like the National Enquirer, in search of every dollar they can squeeze out of us. There’s a reason we the people trust the msm less than politicians, and that’s sad."
See Jeff, there's that generalization, again "everybody". I don't believe you can substantiate such a claim - that they're all "like" The National Enquirer".
Please, speak for yourself. That "we the people trust mainstream media less than politicians"? Hardly!!! I will freely admit that there are many democratic candidates and office holders whom I did not trust - at all! But, besides broad brush generalizations it seems you're prone to hyperbole as well.
Now I am curious.