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Donald Trump, Democracy and Media

Brilliantly clairvoyant editorial illustration by Christian Bloom in Norwegian newspaper VG December 3. 2016.

In 2016 the political world as we know it was altered;  Brexit and the millions only days after regretting their democratic vote, the failed coup in Turkey leaving Erdogan, even more, sovereign in power and finally fake news helped Trump’s campaign win the White House.

In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year.
Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”.

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust is in crisis around the world. The general population’s trust in all four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined broadly, a phenomenon not reported since Edelman began tracking trust among this segment in 2012.

With the fall of trust, the majority of respondents now lack full belief that the overall system is working for them. In this climate, people’s societal and economic concerns, including globalization, the pace of innovation and eroding social values, turn into fears, spurring the rise of populist actions now playing out in several Western-style democracies.

To rebuild trust and restore faith in the system, institutions must step outside of their traditional roles and work toward a new, more integrated operating model that puts people — and the addressing of their fears — at the center of everything they do.

 

Catastrophe averted in the French election

Emmanuel Macron (39) and his ‘En Marche’ movement election victory has drawn a sigh of collective relief from all corners but the far-right perhaps this is the new model more capable of reaching out to people than the traditional political parties in a way that can win an election by far, with little or no political history.

Macron’s election ensures France will stick to the Paris Agreement on climate change, agreed just last year in the French capital by 195 countries, including the U.S. Macron will likely try to convince Mr. Trump to stay the course on the agreement; in Oslo this week, investors with $15 trillion of assets urged governments to stick with the agreement, and even members of Mr. Trump’s family are on the case according to CBS News.

The mood in Poland shifts after Macron’s victory in France.

With populists failing to break through this year, and Warsaw’s ally, the UK, set to leave the EU, Poland may feel a little isolated; The Guardian.

In US Donald Trump’s Russian Gambit where Hillary Clinton was “sacrificed” for the Presidency and The White House is about to backfire and turn more and more into Russiagate with every tweet from the Presidents own fingers.

To be continued/updated , stay tuned.

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