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Tag: Critical Thought

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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Everyday Critical Thought Exercises: Qatar and Meme Propaganda

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.

 

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Dusting Off the Memory Box: Solving Imaginary Problems Often Creates Real Ones

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.

 

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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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You Too Can Stick Their Feet to the Fire. Ask Me How.

 

Actually, it’s really as simply as that. Just one word. “How?”

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find Out What It Means by Asking the Right Questions

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.

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Wherein I State How I Mean to Continue

 

Over the past few years, I have been encouraged by friends to start blogging.

 

I don’t profess to be the wisest or smartest person. I do not claim to be the only one with the answers. I do not have perfect spelling, punctuation or grammar. (I try but sometimes fall short.)  My use of the Oxford comma comes and goes. (I was originally taught not to use it; now it’s popular. Go figure.)

 

But I would like to share some of my insights into what is happening around us and how to sift through the overwhelming amount of information we get these days.  My aim is to talk about not only what is going on, but what has gone on before and offer ways to think about it all a bit more critically.   Continue reading

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