posted on Jun, 22 2016 @ 10:02 AM
You know, I remember the internet coming into my home when I was about 15 (1994). It didn't take long to figure it out--in fact, the dial-up AOL
modem took longer to connect to the internet than it took for me to learn how to use it to search things, or get into chat rooms, or play games
Here we are, 22 years later, and the internet is as second-nature to navigate and access as eating with a fork, so why is it that whenever there is a
controversial flavor of the month (this month, it's gun control), people have such an adverse reaction to actually doing some research? And I mean
real research--actually seeking out the source of state and federal laws that mandate this or that concerning owning and purchasing firearms, or what
is actually entailed in the process of purchasing a firearm, or how old you have to be in different states to purchase ammunition, or if there's a
waiting period in one state versus another, or if there are certain storage laws governing firearms in one's home, or if you must register your
firearm in your state, or if you can freely open-carry without a permit, or whatever.
Instead, we get the apathetic folk who just like to link to incorrect or ideologically driven websites that incorrectly or incompletely "report"
information on the topic, and then arguments are formed based on ignorance or, at the least, incorrect information. And this doesn't just happen with
firearms--you can pick nearly any politicized topic and there will be this sort of thing going on, and it happens on all sides of the argument, where
one person may cite ThinkProgress and another counters with a Breitbart story--both generally having incomplete information, taking things out of
context, and editorializing instead of reporting. And many times, the links to the source of the information is right in the story, but nobody cares
to look deeper.
Perceived Racial Issues
The Welfare State
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Perceived Police Brutality
The list goes on and on.
What is it about today's commenters on threads? Why is there such an aversion to seek out the source information and actually link to and quote from
it--and in the process, learn from it? Not all of my opinions are proven correct over time, and when they're taken down with actual information, I
concede that I was wrong and I adapt my opinion.
But nobody seems to care about facts and studies and findings anymore, and if they do, the majority scream at someone else to show them the study
instead of seeking it out on their own. It's usually only a few minutes away by searching the internet, yet apparently that's too much time to
devote to a topic, so instead, the screaming of uninformed opinions perpetuates.
And even then, sometimes the studies themselves are tainted by the agenda of the group performing the study or problems overlooked during the study,
which render them useless. I understand that figuring that out is yet another layer of research, but when we're on a website whose tagline is "Deny
Ignorance," don't we owe it to ourselves to look to see if the information is trustworthy?
Maybe that's the problem--our system of sciences and politics and education and lobbying has become so corrupted that it's easier to not do the work
and just find the story that aligns with our ideology. I don't know, but I'm not the type of individual who accepts that sort of process. I have a
NEED to know, to the best of my ability, that what I'm arguing is based on fact, and if not fact, on some level of logic that makes sense, and in the
modern "information age" in which we live, there really is no excuse not to seek out the root of the information that you're arguing.
Quit relying on others to do it for you. Quit refusing to put forth the effort so that you can speak intelligently. Quit acting like, if you find out
information that proves you wrong, that it's a bad thing. It's okay to be wrong. It's not okay to be lazy and outspoken and be wrong, all because
of willful ignorance.
Sorry this was so long, but I'm tired of people always wanting or needing the research done for them, or else they'll keep on spouting off with
ignorant statements that are wrong--and still try to defend them. You should expect more from yourself, if you are doing this.
And I'm not perfect--I know I do it from time to time, but I do admit if I am wrong. I wish others could do the same. This whole site should be all
about learning the truth, or at least, as close as we can get to it.