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Facts Rendered Obsolete

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Film at 11.

This. A thousand times this. Well, a hundred times for Leonard Pitts. The other nine hundred go to Stephen Colbert’s White House Press Correspondent’s Dinner performance.

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4 Responses to “Facts Rendered Obsolete”

  1. IvanHoeHo
    on Feb 25th, 2010
    @ 12:39 pm

    I’m fraid that I cannot agree with the above argument.

    Of course, dismissing all things except those that reaffirm your position is a stupid and self-defeating thing to do, but I’ve been lied to/mislead enough times in my life to know that all information that is not first hand is suspect. Afterall, if a person you know well can tell a bare-faced lie in order to win some petty argument, what’s to stop some stranger from doing so when there is significant career/political/personal stakes involved?

    Personally, I don’t quite know where to draw the line yet. The process of cross examination and fact finding is time consuming and a massive pain in the ass – especially when it comes to interpersonal matters.

    I had planned to test out the extreme for a term when I was still in university, but gave up after a month or so – it was an isolating and shitty way to live, to doubt everything. Maybe I’m only fit to be a drone for the rest of my life, afterall. 😉

  2. IvanHoeHo
    on Feb 25th, 2010
    @ 12:49 pm

    Not to paint myself as some kind of a saint, though. Because I do lie. Quite a bit. Maybe above average? I don’t know.

    Except that I’m not very good at it, so I spend all my time terrified (well ok, not really) that I’d be found out. Maybe that’s why I’m still jobless as of now, unable to lie like a normal person to cover for my average marks and well-below-average (for Asians?) achievements.

  3. Rott635
    on Feb 25th, 2010
    @ 1:12 pm

    First off, hello and welcome.

    That said, Personal matters is one thing, but public matters (and I use that term rather all-encompassingly) rather rely on verifiable pieces of information. That public discourse has devolved into self-perpetuating lies and misinformation is the very reason why we’re in a seemingly inexorable social decline.

    Which, I admit, is something odd for me at 26 years of age to say. But then, I’m also “freelancing” at the moment.

    Or to put it in Colbert’s words, “reality has a known liberal bias.”

  4. Marc Gargiulo
    on Mar 12th, 2012
    @ 6:03 am

    The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.
    I was told to avoid the business enterprise as a whole due to the rejection. People would say to me, ‘Don’t you want to have a normal job along with a normal family?’ I guess that could be helpful advice for some people, but I planned to act.

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