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Jaaja Post time: 2018-8-14 18:07
But you do not seem to acknowledge, that freedom of expression itself is the most important tool ...
But you do not seem to acknowledge, that freedom of expression itself is the most important tool to do that checking, and telling opinions and propaganda from facts. It enables people to research those facts and question suspicious statements
From this aspect, freedom of speech should be allowed. That is based on the assumption that all people are trustworthy and honourable. However, there are cases where people who "check" are actually the liars. That is happening in the media too. So how do we prevent that? There is no easy answer. I still think education and awareness is the most pragmatic way.
This is usually least possible in countries that restrict freedom of expression to begin with, and most possible in countries with little or no such restrictions. They are free do question statements by their candidates as well as sitting president and other politicians. Is that so in China for example? No, not really.
You are looking at it from the political point of view. Politics is only part of the matter. The whole perspective includes the business field, religion, society as a whole, and politics.
Anyway, regarding politics, in the west, where candidates appear only when voting season comes around, the people do not really know the candidates well enough so has to depend on coverage of the press to find out more about the candidates. From these news/coverage, the people decide who to vote. In China, it is a different ball-game. The party is the organ where candidates have to go through the grind to move up the hierarchy. It is almost sure that the candidate who has come up at the top for selection would meet the criteria to take charge. The ability of the candidate is not a doubt. Politics is not a game of choices in China. Which is better? I leave it to you to decide. I don't think there is a perfect system. Even in the west, with all the news/coverage, you can still end up with a candidate that is questionable. I believe politics is only a kind of packaging. If you like the wrappers of "democracy" go ahead. It is your choice. What is more important is good governance. Digging up "juicy" news about a political leader is not as important as how this political leader performs on his job.
hat is what makes state-sponsored propaganda more dangerous than propaganda by individuals or media.
I disagree on this. As I have mentioned earlier, you can pin-point a government but you cannot pin-point who is who among the masses. Bad hackers are an example. They create havoc on the internet with scams and virus but nobody can specifically pin-point them. Which is more dangerous and which is more easy to detect and be solved?