When outrage is all the rage, progressive politics suffer

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  1. Dont Taz Me Bro
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    A great piece on how social media is making everybody dumber, but primarily I blame the education system. Nobody is taught how to think critically anymore.

     
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    Excellent article. I recommend an in-depth reading of Mao's 1960's Cultural Revolution--with particular attention paid to his Red Guards youth movement--to put this piece into proper contemporary American perspective.
     
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    This is so stupid. I haven’t seen a single progressive outlet report on this. Maybe a couple have, but they are shit sources no one cares about. I see this as desperation to make a massive false equivalency between the left and the right when it comes to perpetuating fake news.
     
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    I agree, and that's just crazy. That needs to be rectified ASAP. You can't have a nation full of people incapable of figuring things out for themselves.
     
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    That's the golden nugget right there. There is more indoctrination and less value on thinking freely for yourself.

    At Hogwarts -- there was an emphasis on "Defense from the Dark Arts". We need that. Even if you have to hire a sketchy guy like Professor Snape to teach it. LOTS of "dark arts action" going on. :biggrin:

    The reliance on fact-checkers, social media and media sources who have chucked integrity and reason is another cause.

    Probably also need to require that journalism students take many more courses on how stuff works rather than being admonished to "change the world".
     
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    Let me ask you this: you say to avoid indoctrination we have to think critically, right? Well if you were thinking critically you would explain the word’s context in what you’re describing. So who exactly is being indoctrinated? Who is doing the indoctrination? What sort objective evidence supports this conclusion? What you’ve said is very vague and your definition of the word may be different from mine so how do you convince me it is an actual social phenomenon?

    How are people thinking less freely? What specific limitations are there?

    Also, I find it odd you would think any fact-checking source has been compromised. No fact checker has a sense of integrity and objectivity anymore? That seems hard to believe. For instance, poltifact or factcheck.org do not seem to be compromised. If they have, I would like to know how and by whom.

    My take on this thread is that DTMB is cherry-picking a single story and generalizing it to make a conclusion about the leftwing.
     
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    Apparently you didn't read the articles posted before this post, Mr. non-critical thinker. :)

    That wouldn't slow you down in the least, though.
     
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    Oh well you should be able to explain how such sources contradict what I said. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
     

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