The war against reality and the world where facts no longer matter
All politics now seems no longer based on facts but on the sentiment of the masses. That is particularly clear if we look at what’s happening today between China and the United States. We are in front of a war on reality, from Trump’s accusations to China for the spreading of the new coronavirus to social networks as Beijing’s tools of espionage.The tension between the US and China rises day by day and reaches alarming heights.
The latest news to that effect came from Washington, where the American government ordered Beijing to close the consulate in Houston. In response, the Chinese government is closing some American diplomatic realities on its territory. In days, the popular video-sharing app TikTok is likely to be banned in the USA, where a national security agency has encountered problems in managing user data, apparently shared with the Chinese authorities.
TikTok has become very popular in the world in recent months, rising to second place after Facebook for the number of minutes spent in March on average by the user: 476. It allows you to upload and view short videos, with a maximum duration of 15-60 seconds. Many teenagers use it to recover while dancing or singing. The fact is that in the world there were 800 million, of which 150 in the USA. And 2 billion videos are downloaded.What kind of sensitive data could be shared with the American government since it is an app mostly used by children? It doesn’t matter, because the Trump administration believes it is a Trojan horse to sneak into the American market at the expense of competitors through data theft.
In June, thousands of users used this application to register for free at the first rally for the president’s re-election, unless they showed up at the Tulsa Stadium, in Oklahoma, leaving many seats empty and damaging the image in the White House. So much so that the newspapers talked about the flop of the event.Probably there was no Chinese hand behind the sabotage, but what is certain is that in the eyes of the American government, what happened has increased doubts on the social network.
It is not the first Chinese giant, however, who ends up in the sights of Donald Trump, trying to prevent Huawei from accessing the 5G infrastructure for national security reasons while pressing on Europe to obtain such an embargo. And it has already found careful ears in the UK, where exclusion by law has come in recent days. Beijing’s reaction was not long in coming even this time, with Chinese state television overshadowing the Premier League games.
English football does not depend on television rights in China but focuses on this market for the immense growth prospects. It is clear that the warning launched by President Xi Jinping in London was far from secondary: the post-British economy Brexit would be hit in the heart, if Downing Street continued to make the Washington comrade, using wrong words and tones. And not even American tech giants would escape the retaliation, starting with Apple, which in addition to invoicing about one-sixth of the total in China, has here several production plants.
It’s clear that we are living in a world where facts no longer matter. We can see this in the main conflict scenarios in the Middle East, in Europe where political agendas are using the immigration as a tool of consensus. The war against reality is becoming more evident, day after day. Facts leave space to the sentiment of communities living a reality dominated, not by the media as happened in the past, but by the political decision-makers themselves.