With the Mueller report completed but remaining unknown to Congress and the nation at large, we sit in a purgatory. Where some Americans sees proof positive of a witch hunt, and other Americans see a cover up of gross criminality, the truth probably lies somewhere in between those two poles. I thought I’d share some of my musings on the limits of what we know and why none of this so far should be surprising.
Calling President Trump a narcissistic bully means little if we don’t understand how to apply the terms to our analysis of Trump’s behavior. The media keeps falling down in this area, although it may in part be because they are also the bully’s victims here. Hence, part 2 of my series talking about Trump as a narcissistic bully at Torchlight Media:
Please take a look. In understanding how the media is not properly applying the narcissistic bully analytical model to Trump’s behavior, we better understand the model ourselves.
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.
“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.
Based on recent reporting on Qatar, I thought I’d offer some basic advice on handling memes we encounter. Hint: today let’s add exercising caution into our daily routines.
From time to time, I’d like to start posting a few shorter articles on thinking more critically based the kinds of things we encounter in our everyday. Like memes, advertisements, headlines, and so on.
Imaginary problems. When you don’t look through a lens of reality, it’s hard to see what’s really going on. It’s easy to end up chasing after pink Pookas instead of tackling the real problems. And that means the fixes you create don’t solve real problems either. Trying to trap a Pooka won’t net you anything real, but you can create real problems for yourself in the process. That’s what this is all about.
I found something I wrote a little over a year ago, before I started this blog. President Trump’s first “Muslim Ban” executive order sparked some thoughts that I think remain valid. So, I decided to dust off this relic from the memory box, touch it up a bit, and present it to you all.
Here we go.
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?
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.
Actually, it’s really as simply as that. Just one word. “How?”
What do you respect?
Something happens, and it upsets you. Why? We often believe we know the reason. But we often don’t know the whole story. Because we operate on assumptions without first asking the right questions. Even when dealing with ourselves.