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On Emotion cover image

On Emotion

July 31, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Emotion is an impossible term to define. Seems important though, so let's try anyway.

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Why people lie to you (and you let them) cover image

Why people lie to you (and you let them)

July 24, 2020 by Dorian Minors

When we first meet someone, we follow a certain social script. That script calls for certain kinds of lies. But it's not malicious. It's a fundamental part of the relationship building process. They lie to us, and we tell them what kinds of lies are ok. Because humans are flawed creatures, and all we want to do is connect.

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Annoying media trends explained by the propaganda model of Herman and Chompsky. cover image

Annoying media trends explained by the propaganda model of Herman and Chompsky.

July 20, 2020 by Dorian Minors

There are plenty of irritating media trends that dominate news feeds today. Herman and Chompsky's 'propaganda' model tells us that they are chosen for us, by design or by accident, because these irritating trends paralyse us. They don't threaten the powerful. And most importantly, they keep us in a 'buying mood'. Let's explore some.

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Chompsky's 'Manufacturing Consent' explains everything that's ever pissed you off about the news. cover image

Chompsky's 'Manufacturing Consent' explains everything that's ever pissed you off about the news.

July 10, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Say what you will about Noam Chompsky, he had some bright ideas. The book he co-authored with Edward Herman is often described as ideological. It's a shame, because when you strip out the strident denounciations of the U.S. government, it's extremely interesting and helps explain many of the bizarre and annoying trends we see in media today. It's almost like they don't want you to know...

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