Black boxes have inputs and outputs, but the connections among them and the rules that govern how causes become effects are purposely opaque so that consent can be manufactured and propaganda can be accepted without evidence.
A few thoughts on how black a box Syria is:
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The 241 to 194 advantage House Republicans have over Democrats was seemingly a sure deathblow to the signature achievement of the last administration. Indeed, the GOP was complacent with no help at all from Democrats.
But Republicans’ range of likely to pass alternatives arrived with what I call a “Ryan’s Choice.”
Read More “Ryan’s Choice” The Truth about Paul Ryan’s Phantom Majority
There’s no easily distinguishable difference between the “real” economy and some “other” economy that’s less real, or, presumably, not really real at all.
Read More There’s No Such Thing As The Real Economy
A more “open-ended” narrative that political operatives and the media have a more difficult time managing is that the “Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Election of 2016” story is itself a small part of a larger narrative about America’s particular historical moment.
Read More The Geopolitics Of John Podesta’s Idiocy
Though arguments by analogy are inductive reasoning, in cases such as this, they are more about non-rational means of persuasion, such as rhetoric, than the more deductive aspects of critical thinking.
Read More Reason’s Trolls (In The Land Of False Analogies)
At some point during the Reagan/Thatcher era, we stopped talking about class as an economic category and replaced it with an understanding of class as cultural or ideological.
Read More The Poverty Of How We Talk About Poverty
Here are a few analysis and prediction-heavy notes spinning out of what Democrats may eventually come to see as the most damaging event of this election cycle.
Read More That Other Hillary Clinton Email Scandal (Notes On Information Warfare)
The idea at the heart of this skit—the remedy that everything needs more of—is a prime example of ideology revealed (or exposed) through popular culture. Likewise, the idea that the ultimate cure for an ailment or problem is necessarily more of what has already been tried (with unclear results, or, sometimes, plain failure) has evolved into an essential facet of post-Cold War cultural values.
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