“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
― Issac Asimov
A comment I came across yesterday:
“It’s not even that they’re angry, they mark anything off that goes against their views as inherently false and only look at things at face value without researching anything. It’s not anger, it’s weaponised ignorance.”
The Psychologist part of me (yes, my academic background) is curious about the systemic informational bias, both in spin, and the uptake. Misinformation is employed by the Left and the Right constantly, and mass-consumed by their respective following. Increasingly, we tend to demonize those who do not line up with our own entrenched tribal-bias, and laud anyone whose words seem to line up with the same.
There’s a popular meme floating around with a tag line “… change my mind”. I think it’s increasingly unlikely that anyone’s mind can be changed in an atmosphere of systemic mistrust and prevarication on an industrial scale! It brings to mind the observations of C.S. Lewis’ characters Screwtape and Wormwood, as they tease their humans towards eternal damnation!
Marshall McLuhan was prophetic when he said that “the medium is the message”. Folks are addicted to the media(s) that feeds their bias! Follow the goddamn money, my friends! Who benefits most from a divided and enraged populous? Those who need a soapbox to shill cheap auto insurance and boner pills, I say!
I would argue that “Trump” and the divisive politics associated with him were created in this hyperbolic environment. It’s difficult to wrap my head around his appeal to his base — although I do try to understand their longstanding gripes. But why Trump? At best, he’s a self-aggrandizing con who has found a circus parade to march out in front of. He’ll apparently say and do anything to appease his base, contradicting a lifetime record of his utter distain for them.
Why should I care about what goes on with the culture war in the States? Because the fallout from that bullshit is evident in my own backyard when random idiots decide it’s OK to ignore our public health advisors because Trump publicly trusts his gut over the best advice of America’s own. Just one example.
You can’t get away from this nonsense! It’s 24/7 everywhere…
Rant over. – cPaul
See also: Corona Virus Information-Apocalypse @ Buzzfeed News