Friday, April 07, 2006

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. John F. Kennedy

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. John F. Kennedy


So here we go.

Today I was listening to "
Democracy Now," as I do every now and then. It's all an experiment in being more politically aware, in approaching a variety of sources in order to learn enough backstory that my own opinions have half a leg, or possibly a few toes to stand upon.

And just a few moments I was checking my everfriendly gmail and noticed the JFK Quote of the day there, which led me to a site of
JFK quotes, several of which complimented my current train of thought (and are now reproduced above, of course).

The interviewee of the day, a journalist from the UK, strongly voiced his opinion that US media is conformist and lazy (my words, not his). Journalists borrow from one another, build plastic pearls on imaginary grains of sand, toe the line. Repeating the same message insures an audience, we think "I heard something about _____ the other day/week, maybe tonight's news will explain the story to me." A dissenting voice is easily drowned beneath the united front of "national news" organizations.

Yes, the internet allows us to pick and choose, but isn't it easier to look at (and weigh in on)
Oscars fashion? No backstory necessary! Just pretty colours! Hell yeah I'm guilty, and I don't intend to give up, I just intend to eat more vegetables with my chocolate.

Lengthly, lengthly....

To ramble back to my original thread of thinking. The interviews on todays DN raised an interesting question, directly related to
quote II, above: How much information is enough? and how much is too much?

I understand the value of classifying information, there are certain things that ought not to be distributed throughout the public... but for some reason my leetle brains haven't spent much time thinking about who decides what is classified, and why. And who decides the exceptions? Just how much information is needed in order to form an opinion of merit? What if in the haste to distribute as much new information as possible we're overwhelmed with infospam? How the hell could information be moderated in a moderate manner? In the context of the DN interviews today the answers to these questions have greater interest to me than they did before. As the username implies, I'm a rambler,
today's rambles may line tomorrow's wastepaper bins. Or they might make interesting sculpture. Hrm.

I come to
quote-the-third, if people are not educated to question, and requestion, and question-again-a-little-bit-later, and think of new questions to ask, or old questions to ask but now in a silly voice... we're doomed. If as a community, nation, roundy-thing-floating-in-space, we do not learn to analyze the answers to these questions, we're doomed. Maybe not in a fire from the sky end of everything RIGHT NOW scenario, but we gradually are instead educating ourselves to be lazy, boring sheeplemmings.


And who in their right mind wants to be a sheeplemming? Even if you are one who knows just what you would wear to the Academy Awards.

2 Comments:

Blogger Miriam said...

still mulling over the deep thoughts, and I'm a bit braindead due to too little knitting today, so it will take me a while, but I'll come back... but I just have to say, Those are THE COOLEST paper sculptures I have EVER seen! I know... deep ;)

7:27 PM  
Blogger Metapede said...

Conformity makes a Sensual Prude very grumpy. Cool paper sculptures make one happy.

9:17 PM  

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