Author Archive: Michael Cohen

An Unscientific Perspective on Facebook, the Liberal Bully Pulpit, and the Flow of Misinformation

An Unscientific Perspective on Facebook, the Liberal Bully Pulpit, and the Flow of Misinformation

BY MICHAEL COHEN The white “equals” sign on red background is good – and the hooded Skittles-wielding figures, even better. These are statements of sponsorship for important attitudes of our times. They’re simple yet elegant and, at worst, they cause no serious harm. But beyond profile picture advocacy, Facebook political […]

 
 

It’s All About the Narrative

It’s All About the Narrative

Kansas, once dominated by poor populist farmers with nationwide influence (the Occupy Wall Street of the 1890s), is now a red stronghold and a beacon of Conservative values. Frank argues that Kansans, blinded by fear and contempt for “liberal elitists,” vote against their own interests and thereby weaken their economic […]

 
 

Still il?

Still il?

In the style of Joseph Goebbels, North Korean state television celebrated Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s first birthday in power on January 8 with a rousing documentary detailing the young ruler’s prodigious achievements. Less than a month into a term that could last half a century, North Koreans know their dear […]

 
 

Barack Obama: Rick Perry’s #1 Fan

Illustration by Elizabeth Beier

On Wednesday, November 9th, Rick Perry made a campaign gaffe for the ages. During a CNBC Republican Debate, Perry — looking to communicate his predilection for small-government — produced this masterpiece: “And, I will tell you (addressing his libertarian fellow candidate Ron Paul)… It’s three agencies of government when I […]