The Heavy Hand of Social Media – The Ellsworth AmericanThe Ellsworth American
I hoped that a savvy reader of the EA would challenge Mr. [John] Führman’s letter [“Payback for participation trophies, July 22].
I take the club reluctantly because speaking out against lies today seems ineffective because social media makes them much more common than before. In 2016, for example, the biggest buyer of Facebook ads was Donald Trump.
Mr. Fuhrman claims that critical race theory is now taught in elementary schools. Where the hell did he find this bizarre idea?
He despises the teachers of the left. I can imagine a sneaky elementary school teacher slipping excerpts from Bernie Sanders ‘speeches into readers’ back pages, but CRT?
Another misrepresentation is that, according to the CRT, all whites are racists and all blacks are victims. I know where this strange distortion comes from; it’s a favorite of GOP commentators. CRT examines systems, not individuals. He doesn’t need to make far-fetched accusations.
English poet John Milton, in a passionate defense of press freedom, wrote: “Let truth and lies fight” because the truth is stronger and will prevail.
His faith was certainly justifiable. Today, however, we do not have equal competition between the truth and the lie. Social media’s heavy hand on the scales ensures that the malicious power of lying will often prevail. As long as we have investigative journalists, however, sometimes the truth can win when it comes to grips with the lie.