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      Credit Zeloot

      This last two plus years I have found it impossible to truly keep up with the amount of tangled, contradictory, anxiety producing and constant information coming at me from the media. It is as if news is now bullets from a machine gun rather than lobs from a tennis ball soaring over a net.

      Three Fridays ago, Roger Stone was hauled off by guys in blue windbreakers by sunrise and Donald Trump decided by 3 to reopen the government, ending the longest shutdown in history; two Fridays ago, the president suspended one of the last remaining arms control treaties, potentially reigniting the nuclear race.

      The author of these excerpts from her opinion piece calls this “split screen consciousness” and that does seem to fit. It is as if there are multiple screens going on all at once, each equally worthy of attention, and I just can’t process each one all at the same time. It is complete overload. When I take a break from it for even a day, my return finds me wondering how much could have happened in such a short period of time.

      It should be noted that this problem of split-screen consciousness is likely to get worse in the era of divided government, not better. It won’t just be the president laying claim to our attention, but also those who are holding him to account. Even if our government were a paradigm of functionality, we’d surely be fighting for custody of our brains.

      But to opt out of this clanging multiverse is to live in mild estrangement. It’s to feel one’s self become a permanent spectator; to live with the persistent sense that something is always happening elsewhere; to feel old, outlasted, outmatched by the bizarre physics of your own lifetime: The great spinning world has toppled off its axis and rolled away.

      I think that maybe this chaotic era of Trump information glut is a deliberate ploy, a political strategy that is thrown at us to keep us off balance, unable to deal with it since it requires so much of my time and energy just trying to keep up, but then I think that maybe it isn’t so much deliberate as a result of something that has happened because the mind of the leader who is causing so much of the turmoil is such a compromised mess.

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      I’m not convinced, as some people are, that the Twitter fusillades from the White House are part of a larger strategy of distraction, specifically intended to divert us from this particular administration’s malfeasance and failures. I think our president’s attention span is genuinely scattershot. (“Post-literate,” Michael Wolff called him in “Fire and Fury.” Seems about right.) When I imagine his brain, I imagine a bug zapper in a drizzle. Bzzzzzzzzzzt. Fzzzz. Bzzz fzzz bzzzzzzzzzzt.

      But Trump chaos, both intentional and otherwise, has proved a great de facto political strategy, precisely because we are neurologically incapable of handling it. The one thing we know about any interrupted activity is that it takes an awful lot of energy to return to whatever last had our attention.

      Whatever the explanation is, it looks like I’m stuck with it. There is no going back. Information overload seems to be here to stay.

      Would that I were able to task-switch as they do. Would that we all could. Would that we all could return to the rhythms of a more civilized time, when we weren’t scanning the savanna for mortal threats every 30 seconds. It seems such an unfathomable luxury — almost as unfathomable as the Russians manipulating our elections, as a child billionaire selling our privacy down the river, as the Trump presidency itself.

      I am trying to think about when, exactly, I realized that my brain was wretchedly ill suited to the modern world. Was it when Twitter began? With the internet itself?

      Certainly by this current presidency. I know that much.

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      The original, complete article was written two days ago for the New York times by Jennifer Senior, but reprinted by several other news outlets with no pay walls.

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      https://www.realclearpolitics.com/2019/02/10/our_b...

      https://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2019/02/brai...

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/09/opinion/sunday/...

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          opie
          4 months ago

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          First step is to ignore Twitter, Facebook, etc. A recent Time magazine showed convincing evidence that bots are generating huge amounts of fake news that way.


          However, the next problem is that it seems Trump either does not have a coherent strategy, or if he has he does not want to share it and instead disguises it in a series of random acts. They, I admit, are disconcerting, mainly because of the potential damage that might be done.

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              Ian Miller
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              I will let you in on trump’s secret goal. He wants to destroy the stranglehold that the ruling class has on the nation.

              He started by relying heavily on military commanders in civilian posts. Because they were close enough to the swamp to see the problem. I think that he is now turning on many of them, as he knows that they are part of the swamp. Maybe not in the middle, but part.

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                      Ian Miller
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                      First step- I agree.

                      It is the news that I am taking about; not social media.

                      The damage that has already been done and what it looks like will happen - Aack!

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                          opie
                          4 months ago

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                          You are right.

                          The rest of us don’t have brains that can keep up with trump’s

                          I wonder why many people credit the information overload on trump? I think that this is the natural consequence of politics infecting everything. We get only one side of the story from nearly every source.

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                              nelson humphreys
                              4 months ago

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                              The rest of us don’t have brains that can keep up with trump’s

                              ROFL. It is true that sane people cannot follow all of Trump’s lies and craziness.

                              I wonder why many people credit the information overload on trump?

                              This article is about the media aiding and abetting a Narcissistic Sociopath. Read it.


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                                      opie
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                                      Things to remember about tRump:


                                      He's never had to be held accountable for anything, there are "people" who do that on his behalf

                                      He's never shown the world who he really is, he keeps his private life ( somewhat) close to his chest.

                                      Exposure = weakness, for him.

                                      He believes the world owes him something, whatever that may be

                                      He carries immense vengeance for those he perceives wrong him

                                      He doesn't follow the rules ( see #1 )

                                      He's believes he's much more important than people give him credit for

                                      He craves that credit and can't understand why he can't get any.

                                      He entertains the idea that he's a savior, often.

                                      He doesn't understand humor because he's too linear.

                                      He can barely comprehend two dimensions, three is a struggle.

                                      He bores easily and creates puzzles out of people & situations ( manipulations ) to keep himself busy.

                                      He can't understand the complexities of language, reading or writing and has difficulty comprehending depth required to strategically solve any problem. ( is why he constantly rails on twitter, to him it's a solution)

                                      He sees the world in terms of only how it serves him.


                                      When one keeps all this in mind when trying to wrap the mind around the constant barrage, it's a bit easier to understand that yes, he creates much of it because he's bored and likes to watch the "show" after he's stirred the pot.

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                                          kimtek
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                                          Netflix has a history of the trump family going back to his Grandfather in Germany. It gives an interesting insite on how limited his experience is and world view actually is.

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