June 21, 2004

I'll Make This Brief

There was never a halcyon period of total intellectual enlightenment in America, wherein the average person was an amazingly well-informed, free thinking individual ready to assume his or her rightful place in world affairs. Sorry about that. Similarly, there is not now and has never been a systemized campaign to delude the masses and numb them until either a (pick your poison) vast right or left wing conspiracy could lead them by the nose down the path of all ignorance and evil.

I'm telling you this because it's becoming beyond tiresome reading folks who, when trying to back up some assertion or other in the comments section (or even, God forbid, in the main body of their own blogs) decide that the best way to make their point is to decry and demonstrate the ignorance of the masses. This doesn't help your point, because it shifts whatever point you may have had into "Because I'm smart and I said so!" land, and it has the bonus effect of making you look like a total prick. I mean, is this the reaction you're expecting: "OMIGOD! Everyone else is soooo totally ignorant and I never realized it until YOU POINTED IT OUT! OMG SHEEPLE! What an amazingly salient, creative, and original point! You ROxxxorZ! The Other Side has been totally pWn3D!!!!!111111 Eleven!!!!" Sorry to disappoint you there, Captain Intellect. Never. Gonna. Happen.

Instead, everyone who is moderately well-informed and who can think will write you off as a blowhard with an inflated sense of self-worth. Way to win friends and influence people, buddy. Now run along and peddle the results of your mental masturbation elsewhere. Thanks so much.

Big Arm Woman

Posted by Big Arm Woman at June 21, 2004 08:55 AM

Happy Monday. What on earth have you been reading?

Posted by: Michael at June 21, 2004 09:18 AM

Gah. Got irritated whilst perusing the comments thread to this post. Disagreement can be a good thing, but if you're actually trying to change minds or argue a point, it helps if you don't start off by calling the other side "ignorant."

Things go downhill rapidly after that, getting off topic and out of control. Seems like everyone's taking the easy way out of debate nowadays, doesn't it?

Posted by: BAW at June 21, 2004 02:50 PM

Ignorance is power.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at June 21, 2004 03:46 PM

In fact, I think there *are* vast [X]-wing conspiracies. It's only natural -- we're planners and manipulators, and put a bunch of us together and a plan becomes a conspiracy.

Thing is, they fail. This too is by definition, pretty much. Too many variables.

I go now to ponder a vast X-wing conspiracy, in which some galactic trade alliance schemes to replace our harmless sedans with X-wing fighters. Won't that just teach Detroit a lesson?

Posted by: meg at June 21, 2004 09:46 PM