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Trump and the Risks of Digital Hate

trumptirade-878271104‘Trump’s retweets of a British anti-Muslim hate group sound alarms for those who study the propaganda behind some of history’s greatest tragedies…

To be clear and compliant with Godwin’s law no one is comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler. “That would be absurd,” says Smith. His concern is that the president and the general public have not learned history’s lessons about the impact this type of fear-mongering can have. That’s especially true today in the age of Facebook and Twitter-driven echo chambers, in which any headline, photo, or video can be slyly captioned or edited to distort its original meaning to comply with a group’s existing bias. The long past of propaganda blended with the communication channels of the present and future form a toxic mix…’

via WIRED

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