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The bliss of ignorance

superly posts in the san_diego about today's "gas out." As reported by snopes.com (and as other rather intelligently and thoughtfully pointed out to her), it's a stupid, ineffectual idea, despite it getting some media attention. Her response? She deletes and turns off comments to the post.


So I post another message giving people the real scoop, hopefully to dispel an urban legend, and wondering why someone would be so uptight and unreasonable. People start replying, and somewhere in there things turn ugly; however, I'm not sure exactly how bad it got, because the moderator of the community decided to delete both posts and be done with the issue entirely.

Now she's gone and posted the same misinformation in her own journal, but of course her comments are screened so my reply to her asking if she'd even read anything about it got deleted. So be it, but here's something she wrote in her journal: "I just have little to no interest in current news information. I typically watch the news as little as possible."

The bliss of willful ignorance. Astounding.


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May. 19th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
I think that this sort of thing is perpetuated mostly because most americans would rather live on urban legend, and rumor than actual fact. They are taught from an early age to be lazy, when it comes to actually doing something about problems, or to find someone to blame for it. Kids aren't doing well in school so they blame the teacher who sees the kid perhaps an hour a day, rather than the parents who should be working to raise said kid.

The idea of not buying gas for one day does nothing at all. It doesn't really even cause hardship on the retailer, since everyone will be back tomorrow or will buy on the day before.

We would really have to stop buying gas all together for a while, like a few months, for them to actually notice a difference. Oil companies are making so very much more than they use in costs that even if we stopped for a while it might not make much of a dent in their revenues...

Oil companyies = Mega greed
May. 19th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
I must be really out of the loop, I never even heard of this proposal. I guess I should get my head out of the gutter and look whats around me.

I still HATE it here.
May. 19th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)

He's back he's back he's back he's back HOOOOOOOORAY! :D
May. 19th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
My un-interest in the news has little to nothing to do with "willful ignorance" but a whole lot to do with filling my life with good and productive information. The majority of information given on the news is honestly sad, tragic, twisted (bias), and greatly unnecessary information that doesn't really signify intelligence. I'll get a great deal more intelligence from an encyclopedia, the library, researching the internet or taking a college course. Those are better and more productive ways to become informed about the world around me than to just watch a half an hour news program.

I'm sorry, but relying on the media is one of the worst ways to improve one's intellect. . .
May. 19th, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC)
And email forwards are somehow more fulfilling?
May. 19th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand you completely sidestepped the information given to you about the gas out. Nice dodge!
May. 19th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the willful ignorance thing. I'm participating in a message board for my community where it's an established rule (though unwritten...so far) that you don't really need to provide cites for anything, and it's ok to insult and ignore (literally, put on your ignore list) someone if they disagree with you, even if you're (the only) moderator.

It's fun, lemme tell 'ya.
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