But something new has happened to American politics in the last few years: Politicians have realized that the simplest path to power is to humor everyoneâ€™s anger. If you take someoneâ€™s anger from them, youâ€™ve emotionally castrated them. More important, you run the risk of driving them into the arms of someone who will feed their anger â€” an anger that will now turn on you for the sin of having discounted that anger in the first place. This is deeply unhealthy.
Yes. And the data crunchers are getting very adept at manipulating people’s emotions for gain. They aim to sell you something, whether it’s a better razor, or an ideology. Big data means those with a product to sell will know what buttons to push to get you to buy.