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...a well-functioning democracy depends on far more than restraints on official censorship of controversial ideas and opinions. It also depends on some kind of public sphere, in which a wide range of speakers have access to a diverse public—and also to particular institutions, and practices, against which they seek to launch objections.
Emerging technologies, including the Internet, are hardly an enemy here. They hold out far more promise than risk, especially because they allow people to widen their horizons.
Originally posted by melatonin
He is pretty consistent that restricting exposure to ideas leads to crippled epistemology. A way to combat this is to widen exposure to ideas.
“The British press is extremely centralized, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books & periodicals, as well as in plays, films and radio. At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is “not done” to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was not “not done” to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.”
Originally posted by MrVertigo
But how on earth does he come to the conclusion that conspiracy theorists have a restricted exposure to ideas?
I would think that conspiracy theorists have a much larger exposure to ideas than the average person, because they always read multiple sources & question their sources (Example: pretty much any news thread on ATS)