This morning (March 21, 2014) NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast a rather smh story on ethnic diversity of authorship of scientific papers and the quality of science as (supposedly) evidenced by the weak proxy of quantity of citations. As I was shaking my head (smh) and considering a paper in response as they concluded the piece, I was rescued from that task by a promotion for the weekly favorite: “Cartalk” where one of the click and clack brothers serendipitously offered the perfect rhetorical refutation of the preceding segment. I quote: “Do two people who don’t know what they are talking about know more or less than one person who doesn’t know what he is talking about?” In any case, commenters at the embedded link cover basic challenges to the segment and it’s premise.
I found this image on facebook, though there was no attribution to the artist. Apologies for that…
In any case here’s my reaction to this image of the “True Face of Television”:
And yet, this is only the case for those who take a passive and consumerist role wrt to media. One can be selective and disciplined in one’s choices and find some great content. The most offensive aspect of most media (imo) happen to be the (so called) news (esp. what is excluded from coverage) and the paid advertisements. Find better sources of news. Find means of avoiding the adverts. Be aware of who sponsors what you consume, and what they are promoting (and why).
Bottom Line: We can’t let you secede. You’d be a plague upon this continent. War mongering, devastating the environment, and we couldn’t stand by and watch you violate basic human rights. You might as well stay here and keep doing all that.
At just about any cafe or restaurant one can get tea or coffee. Beverage of your choice! We don’t need a Tea Party separate from a Coffee Party. Of course we usually sit down with others for respite and discourse when there is already an established affinity, or when we are hoping to establish a relationship of some sort. The irony is that we’re finding ourselves so much at odds with those we already share tremendous affinities – friendships and families, and all the more easy to engage with aggressive hostility or disengage with dismissive condescension those we don’t have that direct connection. Yet even with those whom we seem to share little in common -only because our starting frames set us in opposition – we share that same tremendous potential of affinity. Let’s find that; sip our tea, coffee, water; take in and offer words direct and civil, and start this conversation again. Neither side can carry the country forward with “half a conversation”.