posted on Jul, 24 2013 @ 12:38 AM
reply to post by TheomExperience
First, you're NOT over-thinking this. I hate when people say "over-think" just because you take the time to assess what we mean when we do things.
You're just a thinker, and thinkers go to the depth - because they aren't lazy.
Why do we star and flag? First, the whole star and flag thing is intrinsically deceptive: it's an illusion. The people with the most stars aren't
necessarily the most educated and thoughtful writers. What they seem to be best at is knowing what people want to hear.
Take "corruption exposed", who often posts in the Middleeast forums. Is he an actual thoughtful writer? I don't know about what he writes about
elsewhere, but in the mideast forum, he cajoles to the hate Israel crowd; he makes generalized partisan attacks against Israel. What makes his example
especially interesting is how one sided he is. He never qualifies a criticism; he blanks out from awareness any facts that might complicate the
simplistic narrative that he presents to his readers. Do his readers realize they are being spoon fed extremely biased views? Even deeper question: do
anything other than what he gives them?
Much of what earns stars and flags - just like in real life - is style, rhetoric and trendiness. It is hardly ever content. If content mattered,
posters who are actually thoughtful and interesting and very good logicians would have a 30+ star rating; but the irony is, not caring enough to
ingratiate themselves for the sake of stars & flags, many of them have star ratings below 20.
It's an interesting psychological phenomena and goes to show how much the logic of the "jungle" i.e. our base instinctual biases, predisposes us to
certain views, opinions and perceptions.
It is a little disconcerting, since it takes an especially intelligent and unique person to understand that this is simply how things are. I don't
think I'm "special" by any means; there are millions of others like me. But, millions - 2 or 3 - is no match for 6.98 billion. Not many people have
the self awareness or education to rationally assess their biases and honestly try to give their views without unnecessary rudeness. Some people are
either ignorant; while others are informed but arrogant.
edit on 24-7-2013 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)