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Old 05-16-2018, 06:15 AM
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:59 AM
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Dogwhistle that just came to my attention:

Urban Dictionary: Legacy Media

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"Legacy media" is politi-speak that political conservatives use to identify long-standing ("mature") media outlets (such as the TV news networks - ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc., and the major print news services - New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times., etc.) Typically, these ostensibly "left-wing" news outlets are critical of conservative political agendas. Why the conservative wordsmiths use "legacy media" instead of "liberal media" is a mystery. Perhaps they feel that the term "liberal media" has been kicked around too long and needs replacement.
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"Many in the legacy media love mass shootings (because of the TV ratings they garner)."
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Old 05-20-2018, 04:26 PM
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I suspect it's trying to tap into the notion that it's outdated and/or obsolete, as opposed to shiny, modern news sources such as Facebook and Patch.
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:07 PM
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Yesterday, I made the horrendous mistake of going onto Facebook. An acquaintance wanted my opinion regarding climate change.


Foolishly, I posted a calm, respectful comment -- including references and appropriate charts -- noting that no, there is no doubt that the Earth's mean temperature is rising, that sea levels are rising, that Arctic ice volume is rapidly declining (despite year-to-year variations), etc. All of this has been repeatedly verified and the data are readily available to anyone who cares to check for themselves.


Of course, the response was along the lines of: "Don't you stupid libtards know that all that data was faked?" "Arctic ice is increasing, not decreasing, which shows that all this global warming nonsense is nothing but lies from the liberal media." "Hey, don't you libtards know that there was more Arctic sea ice last year than in 2012? That proves global warming is a lie!" "It got down to 20 degrees once last December -- global warming is a hoax!"

And, well, you're probably all familiar with this sort of "discussion."




When I first started teaching, it was possible to tell students to go to the library, research a topic, and come up with a well-researched, well-reasoned opinion on the topic. Occasionally, students would even admit that -- *gasp* -- they had changed their minds after researching a topic and learning that their opinions were based on poor information and/or poor logic.

That sort of thing just doesn't happen any more. A lot of colleges don't even bother to maintain research libraries any more -- all "research" is done online. And students think that by typing something into Google, they're doing honest-to-goodness research. (Hint: that is not actual research.)

And, of course, almost no one nowadays has any understanding of the difference between primary sources and the random spewings of some know-nothing with an opinion and a keyboard -- much less how to tell the difference. Or even that there is a difference.

And, of course, there's a lot more of the latter (random spewings by know-nothings with opinions and keyboards) than the former (actual, carefully-conducted research).



So, it seems to me that we've reached the point where actual competence and expertise are considered all but worthless. Everyone has an opinion, facts and logic don't matter, and "debates" are "won" by whoever can shout down or wear down the opposition.

Gods, it gets so depressing. And it makes me fear for our future.
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Is that you, Carl Sagan?
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The Greenhouse Effect is a fact; if it didn't exist, then the average temperature of the Earth would be below freezing.

Certain gases -- including carbon dioxide and methane -- are greenhouse gases. This, too, is a fact.



So I'm always amazed at those people who seem to think that it's somehow possible to drastically raise the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere without causing an increased greenhouse effect. Do they think that the laws of thermodynamics have been repealed?




Nonetheless, someone whose politics they approve of has insisted that "global warming is a liberal hoax," so evidence and logic be damned.
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There's a large swath of often conservatives (like literally the whole registered republican party) that has some clear social esteem issues and feels they aren't winning enough, and just want to feel like they're winning more. Being right doesn't matter, it's that others know they are right. Media has latched onto this and started giving them tons of people that nod and agree, "Oh yes, you're right and they aren't, you're amazing... yes keep watching, there's a great ad on next!"


The winning/losing team aspect of politics has meant I recently had a conversation with a climate change denier that was a denier specifically because he thought Al Gore lied to us, and mentioned Al Gore multiple times in how climate scientists aren't to be trusted. Seemingly not realizing he was complaining about the narrator.

Like the conversation always includes making sure the liberals know they've been bested, which is really way more important. If the tables were turned and team Republican was anti-climate-denial I think some would actually be giddy for the earth to warm up and farming areas to collapse just so they could rub it in those liberal climate denying faces.
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Such a thing has never been gamed by bad actors in the whole entire history of the internet. Ever. Seriously. Stop laughing.

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Musk is one of the many people that needs to delete his twitter and install electical shock devices whenever he visits. So far it's just proving the difference between a 'genius' and angry twitter edgelord is money.
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