Panem et circences
Bread and games. Some 2000 years ago this was the Roman way of stating that "Keep us fed and entertained!" is all the public wanted. And there is no doubt that a fair share of the human species is content with just that even today.
We've come a long way fighting for a civilized society, for democracy and humanitarian values - only to find out just how fragile all these achievements are!
The problem: Bullshit. The new bread and games.
It is an invitation to take the easy way. The one without the thinking.
The term bullshit used to be a vulgar, profane word. It has become part of everyday language because it describes something that concerns all of us.
Find out more here, you'll be surprised!
In 2005, philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt published his essay "On bullshit".
It is as valid today as it was then.
Watch him explain in just under six minutes here: #bullshitproof
In April 2017, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West of the University of Washington started Calling Bullshit,
a course and a website.
"Our world is saturated with bullshit. Learn to detect and defuse it."
Two links to learn a bit more about the art of bullshit: We’re underestimating the mind-warping potential of fake video. www.vox.com Fighting fake news is a losing battle, but there are other ways to win the war. www.mondaynote.com