The coming of age of the Distorters

If at the dawn of the 21st century someone had declared: Fifteen years from now would mark the “Coming of Age of the Distorters,” – a collection of individuals dedicated to fabricating Truth – would anyone have believed the pronouncement? Probably not. Most likely, the individual would have received swift condemnation, if not ridicule, especially since we all consider ourselves rational, and right thinking individuals, seldom swayed by distorted or falsified information.
Undoubtedly, the year 2016 ushered in vast networks and arrays of distorted information which, by all indications, will continue to differentially influence and impact the psyche of the nation’s heterogeneous populace. Peddled by politicians and their devout surrogates, the distorted truths and warped presentations of reality seem to appease the minds of gleeful converts, and generate anxieties amongst humane observers. All consumers of information, some fail to admit the fabrications of falsity, tweeting and retweeting these with the convictions of ardent loyalists. Others cringe, or choose not to call attention to the falsities for fear that they would be ridiculed, or subjected to personal attacks.
Perhaps, most amazing in the production and promotion of distorted information are the hucksters who earn their livelihoods through falsification. Promoted and buoyed by the multitude of media outlets, politicians and their surrogate distorters regurgitate falsehoods daily with smiles on their faces. And, loyalists applaud.
Frequently allowed to go unchallenged by reporters, or interviewers – for verification and validation of information – distorters customarily deflect answering questions by impugning the character and reputations of others, responding with a question of their own, rephrasing questions and providing fabricated answers, or simply proceed to present their own warped interpretations of information, or the situation. Distorters not only falsify information, they deny reality, Russian hacks, climate change, racism, social and economic inequality, unequal justice, etc. Appearing daily on television, distorters readily engage in shouting matches with those questioning the falsity of their claims, and/or sharing opposite views. Always, the same faces, the same distorted views, and the same results – no objective discourse or dialogue.
In the power play of politics, it is not unusual for political distorters to behave like demigods, promoting their one-dimensional views as if these are the will of the majority. How long will such behaviors and circumstances prevail is anyone’s prediction. What seems quite evident is that if the vast majority of the people hope, or expect the distorters to wake up from their self-inflicted amnesia to realities of the nation, decades may pass.

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