Really interesting video by George Monboit discussing the theme of the use of social media by oligarchs to ensure sympathetic world leaders are elected to protect their interests.
Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro, Modi... on paper none of these leaders have the credentials to become elected leaders of their respective countries, but have been helped to power by the spurious and clever use of social media of certain political parties and organisations, and the some of the voting public's unquestioning belief in this fake news.
Interesting to see how Finland have dealt with this new threat to democracy and the challenges which it brings to societies around the world, but especially in what we regard as the "free Western world."
Orwell's "1984" is often held up as a warning to how our civilisation could end up if we abandon our freedoms. But I think Huxley's "Brave New World" is a better model to compare to; our pleasure seeking society has been blinded to the creeping threats by hypnotising us with what pours out of our blue lit screens, numbing us to other people's predicaments, telling us that other groups are the problem, we're better off "going alone" and we can't trust the very people who have been fighting for our rights and freedoms for decades before.
"But we're not North Korea, or Iran, or Venezuela!" you say. This is the issue with our perception of what we think about our "Western democracy." Just because we can't obviously see the control, or totalitarianism it doesn't mean it's not there.