noam chomsky: why americans know so much about sports but so little about world affairs | alternet


"The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.   ...  If you are not able to participate in the political system in meaningful ways, if you are reduced to the role of a passive spectator, then what kind of knowledge do you have? How can common sense emerge in this context?" -- Noam Chomsky

from fb post

source: my comment

"here's also a selective process in the academic professions and journalism. That is, people who are independent minded and cannot be trusted to be obedient don't make it, by and large. They're often filtered out along the way. " -- Noam Chomsky

 .. or they realize they are wasting their time and cannot change anything.

I actually think that social media could help ... but we need to train people to forgo resorting to their fallacies see
writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/fallacies/ . That actually could be done with peer pressure i think ... implement a system right in the media such that if you use a fallacy, you loose prestige.



aside:  i hate it when people post on facebook only to their friends ... it makes the posts primarially inaccessable to others from outside .

my Facebook share of this


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