Public Confused About Climate Change? It’s Everybody’s Fault But the Media’s

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The New York Times reports on the new American Association for the Advancement of Science report on climate change, and wonders whether it will make any difference. Reporter Justin Gillis notes that, “because so many people are confused about the science, the nation has never really had a frank political discussion about the options.” 

So public misperceptions about the reality and severity of climate change aren’t just the fault of the fossil-fuel industry – scientists are also to blame,  for being too nuanced. In any case, it certainly isn’t the fault of the media who for so long pretended (and often still pretend) that those two groups’ opinions are of equal validity. Nor is it the media’s fault that there’s never been a national discussion about solutions to climate change–how could they engage in such a thing, when people are just so confused?

– Julie Hollar is the managing editor of FAIR’s magazine, Extra!.

Daniel LaLiberte‘s insight:

A large and growing majority of the public *do* know the truth about climate change, despite the media being unfairly balanced about the issues.  People *do* want action more than the media has reported, and more than pursued by government, owned and operated, as it is, largely by the same wealthy powers that run the media.

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The Missing Part of the Internet – Collaborative Decision-Making Made Easy with Loomio

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The world needs a better way to make decisions together

Democracy isn’t just about politics — it’s people getting together and deciding how things should be. It’s a skill we can practice with people wherever we are: in our workplaces, our schools, and our communities.

Loomio is a user-friendly tool for collaborative decision-making: not majority-rules polling, but actually coming up with solutions that work for everyone.

Real democracy needs to include everyone

Our mission is to make it easy for anyone anywhere to participate in decisions that affect them.


The internet has made it so easy to talk to each other, but there’s no easy way to make decisions together online. Loomio bridges that gap, providing space for people to come together and talk things through, hear all perspectives, and reach clear outcomes. It’s like a missing piece of the internet, and we need your support to build it.

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Web Inventor’s Bold Call: Time for ‘Online Magna Carta’

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Tim Berners-Lee issues call for “a global constitution – a bill of rights” to defend digital rights

“we need to make sure we establish the principles that the Web’s been based on — principles of openness, principles of privacy, principles of not being censored.”

“It’s time for us to make a big communal decision,” he told BBC. “In front of us are two roads — which way are we going to go? Are we going to continue on the road and just allow the governments to do more and more and more control — more and more surveillance?”


“Or are we going to set up a bunch of values? Are we going to set up something like a Magna Carta for the world wide web and say, actually, now it’s so important, so much part of our lives, that it becomes on a level with human rights?” he continued.


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This Is Lateral Power – YouTube

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What happens when an Internet revolution merges with a renewable energy revolution? Jeremy Rifkin, author of 19 books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment and adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, speaks about a new Third Industrial Revolution – one based on a distributed, lateral power. The result may just be a sustainable world.

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