Gove’s ‘snowflake’ tweet is symptomatic of the nastiness that’s ruining politics | Jamie Bartlett

Twitter storms, online spats and insults are making it impossible to talk to one another and reach the compromises on which public life depends

There’s a new consensus about what social media is doing to public life: it’s making us meaner to each other. From behind a screen, we have the licence to be nasty to strangers, insult celebrities and swear at politicians. It’s fuelling misunderstanding and catalysing the spread of fake news. And because of self-reinforcing algorithms and the logic of friendship networks, we’re all cocooned with like-minded people and news we already agree with.

Cyber-psychologists have known all this for ages. In 1990, the American lawyer and author Mike Godwin proposed a natural law of the behaviour of Usenet newsgroup conversations: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” In short, the more you talk online, the more likely you’ll be nasty; talk long enough, and it’s a certainty. (Godwin’s law can easily be observed today on newspapers’ online comment threads.)

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Source: The Guardian
Gove’s ‘snowflake’ tweet is symptomatic of the nastiness that’s ruining politics | Jamie Bartlett

Donald Trump inauguration: ‘It all begins today’ – live coverage

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The Trumps have arrived at St John’s Church, along with other members of their family. Donald and Melania Trump were greeted by the pastor at the door.

Donald and Melania Trump arrive at St John’s Church in Washington DC pic.twitter.com/ZbnsJzpLNd

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People have been tweeting pictures of the Trumps leaving the building. They are now on their way to the church in a large convoy of black cars.

Trump and Melania spotted leaving this AM with the First Lady to be wearing a very Jackie O esque outfit. pic.twitter.com/srUFAnXBeE

Wow .. Melania = Jackie O. Sit your ass down Tom Ford. pic.twitter.com/NBYHQPdH7M

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Source: The Guardian
Donald Trump inauguration: ‘It all begins today’ – live coverage

Russian hacking not a big deal until Trump was elected president

Quoating from the story ‘Obama shrugs off Russian hacking — until Donald Trump elected president‘ – washingtontimes.com:

Foreign governments have launched numerous cyberattacks on the U.S. government and sensitive industrial sites, but Republicans say President Obama has not responded in a forceful way to years of Russian hacking.

 

A more assertive response might have headed off the type of hacking Russia is accused of launching during the presidential election, they say.

Opinion

We know that the Federal Reserve has at least 50 known cyber-breaches between 2011 and 2015. I never saw one lead story. How many thousands of small cyber attacks on governmental infrastructure has gone unreported in the Mainstream Media? Yet how many times has that been the leading story? In the Politico Obama said the election was safe and not being hacked:

“I want everybody to pay attention here. That is dangerous,” Obama continued, as supporters in the crowd cried out. “Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy. Then you’re doing the work of our adversaries for them. Because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters, that those who occupy the seats of power were chosen by the people.”

So Obama said that Trump was wrong in questioning the results of the election. The results would be legitimate. Now that outcome is no longer in Obama’s favor his narrative has changed. This is foolish at best and insulting to the American public at worst. You can’t have you cake and eat it Mr. President.

Lauer VS Trump – What up with all the tweets?

The following comments are based on the article, “NBC’s Matt Lauer confronts Trump over his tweeting: Are you having a ‘difficult time breaking’ this habit?” from Business Insider.

This morning on NBC’s “Today” show Matt Lauer talked to Donald Trump about his tweet addiction. Matt asked “I have not see you backing off fights on Twitter,” referring to Trump’s attacks on Boeing for cost overruns, the cast of Hamilton, The New York Times, “Saturday Night Live,” and the media in general. Trump replied “No, I think I am very restrained, and I talk about important things.”

Trump went on to defend his tweets and Facebook posts as the fastest and most efficient way to get a message out. Especially when compared to the time to generate and publish a press release.

The article then takes a direct jab a Trump by quoting a New York Times’ article that didn’t have anything to do with Lauer interview:

President Barack Obama used the Times report to mock Trump in the final days of the campaign, arguing then that if he couldn’t be trusted to be on Twitter, he shouldn’t be trusted to have the country’s nuclear codes.

 

“In the last two days, they had so little confidence in his self control, they just said they’re going to take away your Twitter. If somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes,” Obama said at the time.

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Except for quoting an Obama hit piece the article is fair. Trump is not using Twitter and Facebook to do reactionary tweets (for the most part.) Trump has been known to shoot from the hip with mix results on Twitter.  But most of his messages are planned to point attention to an issue he’s usually going to do a press conference on the following day. Generally his tweets are meant to stir the post.

Having said that, the Saturday Night Live tweet was pure emotion and not real substance. The only thing it achieved was getting people talking about Trump and get more rating for Saturday Night Live.

Update 1:

A thread on the artcle has been started at FreeRepublic.com: