In his dialogue, Phaedrus , the Greek philosopher Plato’s King Thamus argued that rather than aiding human memory, the Egyptian god Theuth’s gift of writing offered only the appearance of wisdom; 2,400 years later, Plato’s debate has resurfaced to blame Google and Facebook for our current misfortunes. The struggle to understand the effects of digitization on the news media, politics, commerce, and the very concept of truth itself remains in its infancy, so far without an heir to Plato. For centuries, it was the role of the press, the so-called Fourth Estate, to speak truth to power and hold the powerful accountable. The internet has changed that, and the costs of this information free-for-all become more evident every day — malignant conspiracy theories; foreign efforts to influence democratic elections; emboldened political, racial, religious, and ethnic extremism, literally ad nauseam. “ Disinformation is infecting our democratic discourse at rates that threaten the long-term … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
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The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would create a commission to study reparations for black Americans for slavery. The vote was along party lines, 25 Democrats voting yes and 17 Republicans voting against. The bill has been designated as H.R. 40 , in reference to the “40 acres and a mule” once promised to freed slaves in the South. The bill would create a 15-member “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans,” which would recommend “appropriate remedies.” The text of the bill argues that slavery resulted in “systemic” discrimination against black Americans whose effects endure: “[A] preponderance of scholarly, legal, community evidentiary documentation and popular culture markers constitute the basis for inquiry into the on-going effects of the institution of slavery and its legacy of persistent systemic structures of discrimination on living African Americans and society in the United States.” It is not clear … [Read more...] about House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill for Commission on Reparations for Slavery
The Biden administration, with Planned Parenthood ally Xavier Becerra at the helm of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced Wednesday its plans to reverse the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule, which created a clear boundary between abortion and family planning. The announcement of the proposed rule, titled “Ensuring access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services,” said HHS intends to return to the Title X family planning regulations first enacted by the Clinton administration in 2000: HHS proposes to revise the rules issued on March 4, 2019 (84 FR 7714), establishing standards for compliance by family planning services projects authorized by Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Those rules have undermined the public health of the population the program is meant to serve. The Department proposes to revise the 2019 rules by readopting the 2000 regulations (65 FR 41270), with several modifications needed to … [Read more...] about Joe Biden Bows to Planned Parenthood: Plans Reversal of Trump Abortion Rule
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for April 15 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Sen. Raphael Warnock , arguably the most vulnerable Senate Democrat running for reelection in the 2022 midterm elections, unveiled some eye-popping fundraising figures on Thursday. Warnock’s campaign said that the senator has raised more than $5.7 million from more than 100,000 supporters since his election in Georgia’s twin Jan. 5 runoff contests, with roughly $5.6 million in his coffers. WARNOCK EMAIL OVER NEW GEORGIA VOTING LAW SPARKS CONTROVERSY The Democrats’ sweep in the Georgia runoffs – Warnock’s victory over appointed GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff’s defeat of Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue -- evened the balance of power in the chamber at 50/50 between the two parties. The Democrats took the majority two weeks later, when then-Sen. Kamala Harris was … [Read more...] about Warnock, among GOP’s biggest 2022 Senate targets, hauls in big bucks
close Video Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for April 14 Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Jessica Simpson allegedly dealt with so much body shaming in her career that the negativity nearly forced the singer inside for long stretches. The actress’ mother, Tina Simpson, 61, appeared on " Today " Wednesday and relayed to the show that the " Dukes of Hazzard " star, 40, "wanted to be a recluse" as a result of the constant criticism Simpson was receiving about her weight. "I have to be honest – to me the hardest thing with Jessica has been the weight. Because the way people judge her, it's unbelievable," Tina said. "Body-shaming is a terrible thing, and no girl should have to go through that — or guy. Period." She added the negative headlines had exacerbated "all kinds of different emotions and different things" in Simpson’s life, which made the … [Read more...] about Jessica Simpson ‘wanted to be a recluse’ amid constant body-shaming, mom says