“We Americans are being flooded with lots of crazy stuff that way too many people believe. I mean, stuff that can actually be proven wrong. I guess, it’s not that surprising in times of such awful partisanship as we are currently enduring. Maybe, but it’s still terribly depressing. Partisanship is one thing, but now it seems that even basic political “facts” are quickly subjected to partisan interpretation.
But here is the really terrifying thing: Our democratic system is based on the consent of voters who are fully informed. Yet we are having an epidemic of willful ignorance in our corner of the world. And it’s deeply troubling. Still, I don’t suppose it’s that surprising. I mean, as politics become more and more divisive, our political views are more and more tied up in our personal identities. Which means that way too often we see our political allegiances as a defining part of ourselves– race, or religion, or financial status.
So what happened to the promise that the internet would keep us all well informed about even the most confusing issues? Didn’t work out that way, though did it? Instead, it’s made it possible for us all to hide out in groups that believe the same as we do, reinforcing our beliefs, making them seem more valid than ever. And whatever they belief, we can find back up “proof on line.”
“Opinion to back up our original belief.”
We truly have entered a post-truth era.”
God, help us!
“I’ve known people over the years who have said, ”If my beliefs are at odds with the facts, so much the worst for the facts.’
I’ve never been one of these