I was just thinking about this question regarding what people call brainwashed Republicans due to the fact that I have brothers and sisters in my own large family who appear to be brainwashed. Why?
My sister is someone I love and always respected. Same thing goes for my sister in law. I noticed one thing that stood out in the last ten years or so and it's Facebook. Both were technology challenged for the most part because they are older, in their late sixties. In both cases, they became more and more dependent on Facebook it seems. They are using it a lot I can tell because of their posts. I myself do not use Facebook and never have, but my wife does.
She wouldn't block them as friends, but they have this device where you can hide someone's post, which my wife has had to use recently.
You see, my sister and my sister in law, both seem to check Facebook constantly, and this apparently is where they are fed misinformation daily, almost as if it was addictive like a drug.
I love my sister and my sister in law. When I speak with either one on the phone I tell them this. When they go political, I change the subject knowing it would be no good to argue. But they are not the same as they used to be. Something about them has changed dramatically.
And I know this is incomprehensible to a lot of people - the idea of being somehow brainwashed. I myself always thought the way I do and objectively speaking, I know I'm not perfect, yada yada yada.
Sure, I'm more science oriented, it's my job, I work in a science field, but I can note that even there, I know people who seem to have gone a bit too far to the right for reasons I can never be sure.
I made the mistake of suggesting a great book I wish a lot of people would read to my sister, Caste, (The origins of our discontents) by Isabel Walker.
Sadly it seems too earnest a truth for some folks to read at this point in time, and I won't blame Facebook for that, but Facebook as a corporate structure sure as hell has not helped change this world for the good in my estimation. Its trajectory is based on getting folks to use it in such a way that they become dependent on
an increasingly polarizing world view that spews nothing but literal hogwash, and ultimately pure ignorance regarding facts and reality.