Fake news via Facebook Ads is not a US partisan issue as fake news can come in any form. It exploits incompetent/greedy platforms, algorithmic loopholes and gullible users to amplify divisions within society and is a threat to global democracy.
As I left the room, the former teacher in me wondered what happened to make Hal such a vulnerable and sad person. I wanted to gently grab his arm and whisper, it’s going to be okay. And as all self-doubting, nearly-middle-aged female web developers are prone to do, I immediately questioned my own reactions: Why didn’t I think his weird couch portrait was cool? Who actually took that photo? Why did it make me feel like barfing or sticking my hand on a hot barbeque?
In a corporatist system of government, which America unquestionably has, corporate media is the same as state media. It is propaganda. These immensely powerful media conglomerates collaborate to ensure that the US status quo which has been so friendly to their billionaire owners continues to make emperors of the wealthy and serfs of everyone else. The press, the only profession explicitly protected in the Constitution, exists in its most celebrated forms today not to create an informed populace as originally intended by America’s founding fathers, but to actively deceive the peasants into collaborating with their own serfdom. It is used to transform them into human livestock, whose efforts are funneled straight into expanding the empire of America’s ruling elites.