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  •  yeah (0+ / 0-)

    that is generally true. and our politicians go out to debates and speaking events and extol the virtue of these people who 'don't have the time' to keep up with current events and political developments. we just value the mindset a bit too much, lionize it, in a way. of course it's also a way of patting poor people on the head and saying "don't you worry about all this complicated stuff, we'll take care of it for you"...

    some people truly don't have the time to keep up with much beyond their own immediately hectic circumstances. I know this does happen to people at times, I've been there myself. but I started doing so again once I could. and people of my parent's generation who were very much raised on "slow and steady wins the race" are often annoyed by how often information seems to point in contradictory directions, the world is pretty baffling to a lot of people. things would be confusing enough, and on top of that all of the skewing of information by the media who are often themselves ignorant about the topics they're covering, and the scientific illiteracy of American pop-culture publications like Time, Newsweek, People, etc.

    long story short, I think there should be greater social and economic incentive for people to be informed and for people to vote.

    •  Me too. (1+ / 0-)
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      I know this does happen to people at times, I've been there myself.
      I have been there myself far too often.

      As for...

      things would be confusing enough, and on top of that all of the skewing of information by the media who are often themselves ignorant about the topics they're covering, and the scientific illiteracy of American pop-culture publications like Time, Newsweek, People, etc.
      Yes but it's even more amazing for me to hear how much people believe something is factual or probably true just because they heard it repeated a few times on some TV program somewhere, even as they cannot tell me which program, who, or when they heard it. That of course is what happens when people get lazy and credulous, and when the media gets in the mode of blindly repeating and copying what other media and PR outlets are reporting, without thinking or asking questions and without educating themselves. And yes, it's almost as if their illiteracy is of a "scientific" sort, a scientifically planned illiiteracy, or ignorance, for the masses. Kinda like in Brave New World.

      H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

      by Knarfc on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 04:52:59 AM PST

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