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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 4: It’s Okay to Shut Down the Bully

Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways.  I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.

 

Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:

 

  • Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.

 

  • The bully is the victim here.

 

F*ck that noise.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 3: False Equivalencies, Not Double-Standards

“Double-standards!”

 

“Wrong! False equivalencies!”

 

Let’s dive into the comparisons between Roseanne Barr’s and Samantha Bee’s situations to dispel the question of which is really going on here.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 2: The Barr Background

Previously I dove deep into the Samantha Bee part of recent political and media hand-wringing.  Now let’s go back to the earlier part. Roseanne Barr.

 

Like with Samantha Bee, I’ll start with a summary of what has gone down. For some of you, this may be tedious, but I find it helps to put things all in one place. And also, someone looking at this blog in the future will be able to understand the full context.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 1: Look at Bee and Define Your Standards

Here we are again. This blog started with the new NFL anthem policy.

 

Then Roseanne Barr dropped her Tweet bombs.  It helped me finally manage to wrap my head around some concepts that had been floating around for a while.  So, I set the anthem policy comments aside for a later date to make observations about the Barr situation instead. Oh well. Best laid plans and all that.

 

Then, Samantha Bee got thrown in the mix as well. What I planned to write changed yet again.

 

And grew to a four part blog.

 

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Accept the Media (Sort Of): Finding Value Despite the Flaws

The media has faults, but having flaws does not make something valueless. Imperfections do not require casting something aside. If they did, we’d all be in trouble. Because none of us are perfect.

 

Welcome to the second part of my two-part blog on the media. In part 1, I made the case for the media always having been faulty.  Its flaws of today do not differ much from those of the past.

 

Which naturally raises some important questions.  If it has always been so bad, then what good is the media? And how do we deal with the bad?

 

In what follows I am going to dig into the ways media helps us.  I will also point out various safeguards the public has against the media’s flaws. Here’s a hint.  The biggest safeguards are ourselves and how we choose to handle the information we take in.  I’ll even give out some tips in that regard.

 

Let’s dive in, shall we?

 

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Accept the Media (Sort Of): Flawed the Same as It Ever Was

Notice I did not say “Love the Media.”

 

In the face of distrust of and attacks on the “media” and the “press”, I wanted to make a few observations.  It took me a while, so I broke it into two parts. First, I set out to demonstrate that the media has always been flawed. People have always complained about it. Today’s faults don’t differ that much from those of the past.  Second, I set out to demonstrate that, flawed as the media is and has always been, it still has value in our society.  Question it? Sure.  Demand it do better? Sure. But don’t throw it away simply because you suddenly realized it’s an imperfect beast.

 

Also, something is not “fake” or “false” simply because you don’t agree with it.

 

I leave to you to decide whether I succeeded in my goals.

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