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Postby Luke Skywalker » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:24 pm

Could it be future shock?


Is it information overload, or are we just dumb?


One of the interesting things about life is just how dumb most people are.

It’s true. We all are dumb, at least about certain subjects.

Only the most intelligent of intelligent could hold a conversation on most any topic. And probably that is even a dumb statement to make.

This weekend, we were binge-watching a very fun television show, “Stranger Things,” second season, when one of the characters brought up something interesting about how dumb we really are.

The show is science fiction, so the narrative surrounds a bunch of kids, an evil government project spiraling out of control and the monsters it has spawned.

Two of the kids were relaying the story, with proof, to a private detective. He was blown away. He believed them. But he knew the public wouldn’t.

It was too complicated. There were too many corners for the public to turn. It needed to be simple for our simple minds. It needed to be watered down.

And it’s true. We as humans get lost in detail.

I do myself. You could tell me where a pot of gold could be found, and if there were more than two steps in the directions, I would have to write them down.

How sad is that?

That’s why it’s not so surprising we could be duped by fake news during the election. It would be a very, very easy thing to put together.

You write articles, both ultra-conservative and ultra-liberal. You then put together a focus group to most effectively gauge the reaction, and then you unloose them upon social media.

It’s a brilliant way to capitalize on our stupidity.

Now even saying that, I’m too dumb to figure out how to measure its effects.

And that is interesting, because people from Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets are up in Washington this week, declaring how much and how many people it affected.

How do they know that? I don’t know. I’m too dumb.

Back in 1970, writer Alvin Toffler wrote a book titled Future Shock. It was about what happens to a society when technology changes too fast.

It has never been out of print, and it has been translated into a dozen different languages.

Information overload is the phrase Toffler coined for exactly what we all face today.

Facebook, Twitter, your news feed on your phone, MSNBC and Fox News, just to name a few, all contribute to tidal wave after wave of carefully worded “news” you must decipher.

Given how dumb as a people we are, it’s no surprise we are unable to wade through all this disinformation to find real, solid, trustworthy information.

After all, the first thing these information sights are going to tell you, is: “This is news you can trust!”

The single most important thing of the next 10, 20 or maybe 100 years is the ability of individuals to intelligently decipher the propaganda, the advertising and/or the news hurtled at them every day.

We all must become connoisseurs of the truth, each and every one of us! And it must be an individual decision.

One thing this last election cycle has taught us is we cannot convince others of our “truths.” It instead resulted in what news pundits today are saying the Russians wanted.

Who knows? I’m too dumb to connect those dots.

But regardless some part of that rings true.

We all know this last election brought out more animosity among individual neighbors, friends and family members than any other election in our history.

We all know people who didn’t exactly finish in the Top Ten back in school, yet suddenly became Facebook experts on every political subject.

Their ability to individually decipher the news they were given is the main culprit.

I don’t know what to tell you. I’m too dumb. I’m guessing: Study up, America!



DAN JACKSON is a self-employed Paris businessman.


Are we living the movie "Idiocracy" yet? I'm guessing "yes, indeed we are," but I don't know for sure. I'm just too dumb. I will read the book that Dan refers to in the above article (if I'm not yet too dumb to read a book). Who, what, where, when, why and how the hell did we get to be so dumb???? I just don't know (because, well, you guessed it). Am I posing right now? Frankly, I wish I was!

Anyway, comments are more than welcome here. And what is the topic? I forgot already - I'm too dumb! :)
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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby Kane » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:22 pm

I'm not dumb but I'm getting closer to this:

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Stephen Jay Gould wrote:When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown.

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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby Spider » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:19 pm

Welcome to humanity, Luke. All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again.
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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby The Comrade » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:08 pm

i hope the sea people come and destroy our civilization as we know it

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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby ToddStarnes » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:44 pm

Things kinda like this have happened before but the 24 hour news cycle and informational overload is a fairly recent phenomonen.

We are not prepared to handle our current connectivity and it shows. While the benefit may outweigh the harm, the changes the internet has wrought have been deeply damaging to society and quality of life.

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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby Spider » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:31 pm

ToddStarnes wrote:Things kinda like this have happened before but the 24 hour news cycle and informational overload is a fairly recent phenomonen.

We are not prepared to handle our current connectivity and it shows. While the benefit may outweigh the harm, the changes the internet has wrought have been deeply damaging to society and quality of life.


It didn't have to be this way though. It's not the internet, or even social media that's really at fault...it's the crazy campaign of what amounts to brainwashing that has been running in parallel since the 80's. It started with right wing radio and has transitioned online and sequestered social media (and the largest mainstream media outlet in Fox News). They have successfully retrained millions of people to their ends.

McConnel and ilk, in their naivete, probably didn't expect someone else to come along and take control of the monster they created. But here we are. Social media could have been an amazing facilitator of the democratization of information and ideas...but instead it has been used to create a bipolar situation where half the country lives in their preferred bubble and has no idea what's going on...and is threatened by anyone who tries to break through the force field.
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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby spacemonkey » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:09 am

Good thing they invented the OFF button when you need a break. Move from virtual reality to reality at the push of a button.
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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby exploited » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:45 am

In high school, I was looking for a class that I thought would be an easy pass, and would be pretty low-effort. The class I settled on was media literacy. It was actually one of the classes I enjoyed most in high school, and I thought everybody derived some benefit from it. We covered stuff like:

- Understanding technical design decisions, and how they impact the brain (colours, jolts, jump scares, etc.)
- Recognize bias, spin and information in articles, regardless of whether you agree or disagree
- Techniques of persuasion
- Critical thinking
- Targeting, demographics, market research, consumer profiling

This was before social media, but you can easily adjust the curriculum above to suit that topic as well.

Also, shout out to Mr. Cook for letting us watch Natural Born Killers in class.

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Re: Are We THAT Dumb?

Postby spacemonkey » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:14 pm

The biggest thing missing in media today is integrity.
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