There is little doubt that many conservatives give much thought to any of this kind of analysis since few even seem to understand that they’re not actually fighting in the information war, but are merely spectators.
The above-titled and below excerpted article by Samantha Strayer is very interesting, as is this article that she links to and discusses by Sarah Perry: “The Theory of Narrative Selection.”
Here is Strayer’s introductory sentence:
Prime society to believe patriotic citizens are repugnant at best and evil at worst, and you have an all-too-willing host for parasitic false narratives the media and others mercilessly repeat.
Then later in the article there is this subheading and these paragraphs:
How to Break Through the Lies
But there is good news, sort of, getting back to Perry. She says we each have the capacity to develop what’s called memetic immunity to false stories. Through skepticism, logic, but especially life experience, we can begin to fight off their negative effects.
Building such an immunity can start small, and seemingly insignificant items can become a watershed moment. And it can happen in countless ways. Maybe it’s that wall surrounding the home of someone who favors open borders. Or when you listen to what Trump said about that crying baby instead of what someone else says he said.
With Trump, there is a way out, at least a way forward. Just by being himself — talking plainly and unapologetically about the things that are broken in us and our country — he has described the American dilemma as it really is. Endless whining about his style, his tweets, or how many times he says “Constitution” is ultimately a distraction from the larger, more important issues. As Phyllis Schlafly so eloquently described it 52 years ago, we finally have a choice, not an echo.
Read more: The Federalist
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