posted on Feb, 6 2011 @ 11:34 PM
reply to post by Nick_X
There is a phenomenon on the internet called TLDR which I factored into my post (Too Long Didn't Read)
While I do not necessarily agree with hotbakedtater's analysis of your O.P., I agree even less with your reasoning as to why you chose to post a
video rather than use your own writing skills to instruct on what critical thinking is.
Dumbing down instruction on critical thought is oxymoronic. Those who embrace the strategy of too long didn't read, are unlikely to come away with
much from a video instructing them on critical thought. This is not to say that making the decision to not read something because of its length
necessarily makes one dumb. But for those who employ this strategy regularly, they are no doubt missing out on an important part of thinking by
relying on this strategy.
The unabridged version of Les Miserables looks like it is almost twice as thick as the abridged version. Can you imagine that? Close to half a novel
edited down just to cater to people who don't like to read. Can you imagine that? Book publishers catering to people who don't like to read? Why
would anyone think that it is better to read half of what an author wrote than all of it? Les Miserables didn't become the classic it became because
publishers began abridging the book. The classic is not the abridged version, even if it "gets to the point" sooner.
Maybe people think that Victor Hugo's use of the French Revolution as a backdrop to Jean Val Jean's story was too indulgent, and while people are
entitled to their opinions, in my not so humble opinion, using the French Revolution as a back drop to a story about a conflict between a good man
who's past as a wretched thief by circumstance haunts him as he struggles to remain a good man, while another good man whose blind faith in arbitrary
rules compels him to stray from the path of goodness is a stroke of genius.
The history lessons, coming from an author who wrote what he knew about, on the French Revolution are well worth reading, and are remarkable strands
of texture added to the glorious tapestry that is Les Miserables, but for some, this book is "too long, didn't read" material. This doesn't
preclude these people from becoming critical thinkers, but if they ignore a thread that makes the effort to instruct people on how to develop critical
thinking skills simply because it is too long and so they didn't read it, that certainly precludes them from critical thinking, even if the thread
offered a video instead of lengthy prose. Critical thinkers cannot escape reading tedious works. Critical thinking is a hard gig, just as is weight
lifting. One cannot build muscle mass by watching a video, either brain muscle or any other muscle. It takes much more work than that.