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Letter from the Editor


If you can define a year before it's halfway over, 2017 may well be the year of blurred lines. No, not the 2013 Robin Thicke song, but the lines that separate reality from fantasy. This week started off with White House officials questioning the laws of physics when Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway defended her boss's accusation via Twitter that former president Barack Obama had him wiretapped.

"What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately. There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones -- certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera," Conway told the
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Mike Kelly in an interview.

Microwaves that turn into cameras? The internet exploded. Our own Cherlynn Low
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, and Conway, the mother of alternative facts, eventually admitted to CNN that she's "not Inspector Gadget" and doesn't "believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign." This particular political flub may have generated a few good laughs, but it's just one in a series of examples that bring into focus the sometimes bizarre, often unreal reality many of us find ourselves in today. In 2017, truth isn't about facts -- it's about perception.

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