Friday Afternoon: The Road To Authoritarianism

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The Trump administration is continuing its road to authoritarianism by creating and distributing a doctored video of a political opponent (Nancy Pelosi). Republicans have failed to condemn this action.  Even though these images were known to be manipulated to make Pelosi look as if she was slurring words or drunk, they become part of people’s memories.  This sort of distortion is a common tactic of authoritarian regimes.  See “George Orwell’s 1989” https://slate.com/technology/2010/05/tampering-with-photographs-and-political-memories.html

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