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Unpopular Opinion: Divisive Politics Are Making Us Stupid And Silencing Discussions Society Needs To Have

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Unpopular Opinion: Divisive Politics Are Making Us Stupid And Silencing Discussions Society Needs To Have
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Whether it’s fraudulent Gofundme schemes, fake sex trafficking hysteria, or ridiculous and unfounded politically-fueled outrage, there is nothing that grinds my gears more than the amount of bullshit misinformation that propagates on social media. Since the 2008 election, played out in the burgeoning arena of social media as Facebook was in the midst of it’s conquest of the internet, the majority of our political  conversations have been under Zuckerburg’s roof. And although this promising national link had the potential to be a valuable tool to facilitate meaningful discussion at the speed of light – to give us better representation as a nation of people overall, it’s turned into a truly terrible reality. And I’m not even talking about censorship and Facebook’s obvious slant – because as of late even that has  more oppressive and harder to discern.

 

I’m talking about this shit right here:

 

And here:

 

You see, these two images from completely opposite positions actually have a lot in common. They’re both inflammatory. They’re both politically biased. They’ve both circulated around social media like the herpes strain at the King’s Inn. And they’re both total bullshit.

A quick fact check shows that while based in some (very) loose actual fact, Hillary Clinton never even “freed” that child rapist – he took a plea. She didn’t even want to take the case, and the guy wasn’t the most collusive client. And another check proves the Trump image just complete and utter bullshit, the quote isn’t even accurate. Yet people circulate this shit like it’s verifiable news. Pretty much any stupid opinion or just plain made up lie can be passed around as fact, if the picture is shiny enough to sell to people who want to bolster their own stupid opinion in arguments with other stupid people on the comments section of some stupid 500 word article full of bullshit rife with their own bias.  Few people bother to fact check beyond, “Does this align with my own deeply held beliefs”? So they end up passing around either total made up bullshit:

 

Or propaganda rooted in fact, but with a completely inaccurate and unverified salacious twist!

 

Thanks to the pervasively consumerist society we live in, anything can become fact without the correct production value. Our elections have been reduced to horse races – it’s always the personality and rhetoric front and center, while we all but ignore the substance behind it. More often do our conversations about politics revolve around the people in office, than the policies and agenda they work to implement while in office. Facts are routinely thrown aside for whatever taps into our emotions the most. We as a society have become so dumbed down that we can’t even collectively identify what to get angry about anymore. Anyone,  anywhere, at any time, can log on, vent our own personal victimization, aggravation, or concern, and if we make it look legitimate enough, sell it over to an audience.

Even the media’s smell test seems to consist more and more of, “Does it look legit?” than actually checking to see if it is legit. We expose this all the time. And I personally will never forget the time The New York Times printed a satirical TigerBeat Cover featuring then-President Obama on the cover as fact, because they couldn’t even be bothered to check the content of it’s source.

 

We coin terms like “hate speech” and “microagression” to stifle any meaningful dialogue. We inflate and myopically focus on injustices and marginalization that are fed to us without a second thought. We are told that racism and sexism are rampant, however, realistically, they are at an all time low – when was the last time you saw a black man forced to ride the back of the bus, or a woman relegated to the kitchen and bedroom? The perception that discrimination is pervasive can lead to demands for remedies worse than the disease they are supposed to cure. We are encouraged to pick a side, and dig our heels in. And as the Left rallies against perceived injustice, they 

provoke

 the right by practicing identitypolitics and favoring “protected groups”.White lives matter” is becoming a popular banner. “All lives matter” has become a faux pas, or worse, hate speech. All this silences us from real, meaningful discussions our society needs to have. Like, that regardless of race, sex or creed, 99% of us are living in the shadow of the wealthiest 1%. All the pink vagina hats or Red MAGA hats in the world won’t address that, let alone change it.

I wouldn’t even presume to have the answers here, none of us do. Because we are discouraged and distracted from even asking the questions.

And since we discredit any information without the proper amount of production value behind it, common sense gets lost in the middle. The interests of the people are glossed over by the financiers of the information in the information age. I seethed with anger when I read the comments on Reddit regarding one of my blogs. “The journalism is good here,” some people would concede, only to lament or second guess the overall credibility because the site runs ads. Some simply discredited it outright, not based on content, but appearance. That is infuriating, but also scary. Is this how we vet our information now?

The accountability doesn’t start with the media, or the government, or even our schools. It starts with us, the people, because all these institutions are comprised of just that – people. In order to bridge the divide, we have to cool our emotions are start rely more on our common sense and intellect. We need to fact check, and look at all the information available. We need logic and reason and ideas, regardless of the aesthetic quality with which they are presented. We need to focus less on the issues that affect the few, and start looking at the issues that affect the many.

And now that you’ve put up with my 995-word rant, let me leave you with this video of a crying liberal meltdown fest because I don’t care who you are, this shit is funny. And this is what the abandonment of rationale has created.

 

 

 

14 Comment(s)
  • Rachel
    October 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Given that this article discusses the need to verify claims with data, could you please send me accurate sources to back up this statement:
    “We are told that racism and sexism are rampant, however, realistically, they are at an all time low.”

  • Randall Guy
    October 23, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Well, you tried but the right wing nut jobs aren’t having it.

  • Hugh-Bo Mont
    October 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    With the demise of real parenting and a failed educational system we’ve spawned millions and millions of people devoid of critical thinking skills. The leftists know this and will keep providing the koolaid as long as people drink it.

    BT, if you haven’t already, check out some of Ben Shapiro’s videos on youtube. A somewhat recent Harvard law grad who refused to drink the koolaid.

  • Seneca
    October 23, 2018 at 9:56 am

    One of the greatest bogus news stories of all time happened way back in 2004, when Chuck Turner, then of the Boston City Council, insisted he had proof that US soldiers were raping Iraqi women. He had a press conference, and during it, he displayed his proof: photos showing, quite graphically, men dressed in fatigues enthusiastically having sex with middle eastern women.

    Who ran with this story? Why, the Boston Globe did, because of course the Boston Globe so wanted to believe that evil George W. Bush soldiers were going full stereotypical Oliver Stone ‘Nam on innocent Iraqi women. Donovan Slack wrote the story, and it was published in the headline slot of the B section, the metro section, with FULL art above the fold, of course. The art? The photos Turner presented, splayed on on a pasteboard. 100% graphic porn.

    Which is exactly what it turned out to be. The images were taken from some Euro porn site.

    In sum, the Left has been at this for quite some time. The Right has just now figured out the game is played…no more Marquess of Queensbury rules.

  • MrSmiley
    October 23, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Fuck liberals/leftists. I think we’re headed down too fast to stop the ship from sinking. Take care of yours and pass the ammo.

    • Baron Smirinch
      October 23, 2018 at 9:27 am

      AMEN! Too bad taking care of your own is so frowned upon by these socialist wanna-be’s. They want us all to take care of everyone. See where that gets you.
      I always laugh looking at that wealth distribution graph: are those supposed to make me feel ashamed that I work my ass off, or that my wife also works her ass off so our family is financially comfortable and has nice things,???? Fuck no.
      Being poor sucks, I get it, sometimes life is hard. A hundred years ago you worked or you died. Today you work or you can rely on the taxpayers to fund everything you need in life.

      • Bristol Turtlechick
        October 23, 2018 at 11:47 am

        No, you should feel angry that you work your ass off, and will never get much further than where you already are. Is socialism the answer? No. But I don’t think you fully understand where you sit on that wealth chart, sir.

  • Independent Thinker
    October 23, 2018 at 7:51 am

    The way radical politicians such as Warren will stay in power is to continue to divide the races, the classes, and now the sexes, and to accuse anyone who disagrees with them of being racists. After all, when you are at a cocktail party at some posh house in Wellesley or Newton, you don’t want to be called a racist just because you believe that a country needs borders. These same people who insist on our taking in unlimited numbers of refugees without screening them live in towns that do not take refugees. Their excuse is that they do not have the infrastructure. Well, then build it. What do you think other places have to do.

  • 88
    October 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Yeah no thanks. I’d rather try and elect folks who want to shove blacks in ovens. Step aside libtard.

  • Rudy Rudiger
    October 22, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    That was a very long way to say people are cry babies. Speak your minds and keep your chin up.

  • P.Niss
    October 22, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    “The most contrarian position of all is not to disagree with the crowd but to form your own opinions.” -Seneca

  • H Clinton
    October 22, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I most certainly laughed about the rape case. Just not my husbands

  • Uncle Joe
    October 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I’m pretty sure that is the purpose/design of implementing ‘political correctness’. Dumbfucks like to think “it’s just called being polite, man”, but it’s literally there to silence us from criticizing any institution.

    Pure garbage. Say what you want, just do it in good faith.

  • A Hitler
    October 22, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I never said that

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