The Death of Truth

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Pence's Hamilton visit is a great (if disturbing) example of the dangers of the echo chamber that is both sides of the 'news'. The country is already divided, without an interest in listening to each other. And now it seems the truth is remade in this echo chamber instead of in the real-world of what happened. Click-bait economics rewrites the truth. I'm not just talking about the right - looking at you Huffington Post, too. But it's both sides.

This is made all the more disturbing by how easily the President-Elect is swayed by this noise enough to unleash a tweet-storm. But watch the video(s) of the event for yourself and decide - both are linked from Tim O'Reilly's excellent call-to-technical action.

At the top of the post - the cast address to Mike Pence and everyone. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon:

"Vice President-elect Pence, I see you're walking out, but I hope you will hear just a few more minutes. We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our friends, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, but we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.
We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds and orientation. We don't have to agree, but we have to live here."

At the bottom - the video reaction of Pence entering. Quite a bit of clapping actually, and no more a divided reaction we'd expect anyways after this divisive season.

Two points here - find the real-world evidence (video, audio, quotes) in the news you are consuming. Give more credence to facts corroborated by multiple sources, or in video/photo/audio evidence itself.

And read Tim's entire post - it's short. About what could be done to improve this technically. If we can't achieve both of these steps, it's truth over folks.