There’s plenty about Trump and the weirdness of what is happening right now – and there’s only so much of this anyone can take on board. But I can’t resist sharing with you this excellent short piece from the New York Times, entitled ‘Am I Imagining this?’ which sums up in four words what I think many of us feel. Here’s a sample:
“Velocity trumps veracity. That is the puzzle and the menace of our age.
Speed and disruption have more psychological impact than truth and science. They shape the discourse. The debunking of a fake news story is seldom as powerful as the story itself. Trump says “X.” Uproar! Hordes of journalists scurry to disprove “X.” He moves on, never to mention it again, or claims that he did not say it, or insists that what he really said was “Y.”
People begin to wonder: Am I imagining this? They feel that some infernal mechanism has taken hold and is dragging them toward an abyss…. read more