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  •  Add the impact of the internet as well (3+ / 0-)
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    When the internet started growing, people said it would facilitate the spread of ideas and make people think. And it can do so.

    But it can also be a tool to reinforce one's preconceptions. Since no one is forced to read anything on the internet, it is easy, even encouraged, to limit one's browsing to websites that provide support for what one has already decided to believe. Possibly the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine we've come up with yet.

    I would even include this site, with the caveat that we do, on occasion, perhaps even most occasions, insist that our arguments be backed up with facts, cites, evidence, and that we are willing to challenge an argument if it goes against reason.

    Even so, dKos does display some of the characteristics of faith when challenged by reason. Caveat lector.

    It is not within the powers of the government to help its citizens get into heaven, nor to save them from hell.

    by DanK Is Back on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 10:47:28 AM PDT

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    •  DanK, I actually (2+ / 0-)
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      Killer of Sacred Cows, marleycat

      subscribe to, and read fully, a small publication called Liberty, which is a vehemently anti-statist and often well thought journal for libertarians.  

      Anyway, without going on a long soliloquy about it, I'll just say that it helps me keep a compass about my overall political and economic beliefs.

      From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

      by satrap on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 11:00:34 AM PDT

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    •  Every community of people sharing a belief system (1+ / 0-)
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      will eventually turn into an echo chamber if it doesn't allow outside input, varying opinions, and challenges to the status quo. DKos does somewhat better than most sites, although it's not perfect here either. But for a real kick, take a look at Redstate and see the censorship and condemnation of anything that upsets their belief system. It's scary to watch.

      There is an art to teaching that is independent of the subject matter. - daveinojai

      by Killer of Sacred Cows on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 02:00:43 PM PDT

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