The Right-Wing Tendency to Live In the Past Reveals a Big Conservative Weakness

The middle-aged guy relives his moment of high school football glory instead of facing his current unemployment.

Trump relives his November 16 victory rather than facing the trouble’s he’s in.
Right-wingers still think they’re fighting Communists when all that’s left of it is 
dictatorship in see-through "Communist" clothing.

Religions revel in their ancient revelations as though they still have the last word on what’s true.

The old guy regurgitates his heroic insights of the 1970’s as though they were still fresh, not commonplaces in a world that got it, built on it and moved on.

Cliché Guevara: Dressing up clichés as though they’re edgy.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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