As the late scholar of journalism, James W. Carey, wrote, the "vital habits" of democracy disappear in such a situation and we are left with "the quack, the charlatan, the jingo, and the terrorist."
This excellent piece by Alterman illuminates the sad information environment we are found in now -- an environment in which "verifiable truth becomes harder to find, while lies and misinformation become easier to exploit."
This does indeed help explain the rise of a Donald Trump.
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