Post by Cityofchamps on Oct 31, 2022 18:33:35 GMT -8
Just something I wanted to get off my chest here. This is straight up personal opinion not accompanied by any kind of article or tweet to back it up. These are my words from my mind. Forgive me if this doesn't seem completely coherent or well structured. I am just typing the train of thought in my head right now and not editing it at all, while trying to keep it from being a massive wall of text.
So basically, what I have noticed over the past several years (if not the past decade or so) is that the internet has killed the trust in experts. Not in the way some of you may think though. A few of you will come out and say "yea, because experts suck and are politically swayed, yadda yadda yadda" and act like this first sentence is vindicating your opinion. It isn't, at least not in the way you think.
The main cause of this is that one fundamental aspect of the internet has made it easier for people with shared opinions to find each other. The problem with that is that these people with uninformed, misinformed, or straight up wrong opinions are able to find each other and agree with each other. The rise of social media has also given way to politicians being given stronger voices that go directly to the masses through twitter, facebook, instagram, etc., and can skip the middleman that was once charged with that duty, the mainstream media.
This has allowed these people with wrong or misinformed opinions to gather in little bubbles on these social media sites and allow them to ignore everything that doesn't agree with what their bubble agrees with because they have numbers and opinions and other alternative facts that they can point to that are shoveled to them directly from politicians, which are not experts on these subjects. They are just using these subjects to sway voters.
Everything above has since led to a massive distrust of actual leading experts in fields of study because if whatever ACTUAL information that they gleam from their research goes against the bubbles of these people that spend their time on social media, they are ignored because it is then immediately assumed that they are working for the other side.
IMO, all of this distrust in experts started with one bogus study on vaccines that falsely suggested that giving vaccines to your children will give them Autism. That one bogus article fed the fire of all of these groups trusting their shared opinions gleamed from disturbed logic over actual experts that spend the majority of their lives studying and researching these issues for their profession that they've gone to school for and learned everything that has to do with them.
The main point I am trying to make here (if I am trying to make any) is that the days of the past where experts were trusted and relied upon to give evidence to build policy and drive education is gone and it was killed by social media and the internet.
"Too often, we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - JFK
"First Thoughts are the everyday thoughts. Everyone has those. Second Thoughts are the thoughts you think about the way you think. People who enjoy thinking have those. Third Thoughts are thoughts that watch the world and think all by themselves. They’re rare, and often troublesome."
Post by EPIC Sir Tinley on Nov 1, 2022 5:24:48 GMT -8
The problem started in our schools.
We have transitioned from schools being the house of education to indoctrination centers pushing agendas. (safe rooms now available)
This has created the trifecta, or in this specific case- Perfect Storm.
Experts now are experts in their agenda and not specific field. People too often lack the education and critical thinking skills to see past the gaslight. And now, the experts are so often so obviously wrong that the masses have lost trust in them.
It's up to each individual to decide if that's good or not.
Post by EPIC Sir Tinley on Nov 1, 2022 5:50:55 GMT -8
The standard saying is that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. But dwelling on the mistakes of history can lead to a repetitive doom loop as well. Let’s acknowledge that we made complicated choices in the face of deep uncertainty, and then try to work together to build back and move forward.
"Experts" will continue to fail if they can escape accountability.
You're right. This seems to be much worse in the United States, where people can pretend to be experts because they have "done their research", which means they googled it and read some drivel on a far right website. The pandemic made that even more apparent.
Last year, former Minnesota Vikings HC Mike Zimmer hosted Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist with a Ph.D. and with more years of experience in his field than the players had of life, at the Vikings' training facility, in hopes of getting his players vaccinated. Stupid Kirk Cousins still had the audacity to say "it was what it was". That is the sentiment of many people. As someone who had to wait until August of last year to get vaccinated, it was highly infuriating to just watch these idiots deny the vaccine like that.