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Thursday, April 21, 2005

1960’s Mentality in the 21st Century Political

   By PhilKll at 11:57 PM

Remember the 60’s? That time of social revolution that supposedly stamped out inequality? Segregation? And a whole boat load of –ism’s? That old adage that ’s don’t die, they just go to hell to regroup, lives true for not the overt stereotyping and unwarranted assumptions of groups of people that occurred then, but for a new seedy underbelly of the mental state of this country. Glass ceilings, secret societies, and the like are not the only under the breath manifestations of these remnants of those mid evil American times. Taking a look not at the effects of those beliefs but at the causes, the thought process’, shows that the Fallacy of Composition (that being that what is true of the parts is true of the whole) reigns free in the spectrum of media outlet opinion, or MOO as I call it, cause the cow with the loudest mic is heard by the biggest section of the heard.

What am I getting at you ask, well I heard a talk show host I will refrain from naming, not out of respect, but out of the same fallacy I mentioned above, I'll let you listen, and see just how many times from how many different people you hear this happen. What these people are doing, is finding one voice of many, and projecting that voice on to the whole of the political side. How many times have you heard Ward Churchill used as the “voice” of all things liberal, or Falwell used as the “voice” of all things conservative. You find the most extreme example, which is usually an out of context snippet, and then juxtapose it with the entire group, such as, Christian Democrats or Atheist Republicans, these people exist, but if you were to listen to the media, they are as real as the Easter Bunny.

We bandaided the problem, do this and you get shocked, the social revolution that was supposed to free our minds, and transcend us from the era of slavery, gender bias, racism, stereotypes, etc, was little more than the infinite loop of the better radar gun to outwit the radar detector. Absolutely nothing was ever taught on why or how we think the way we do, the tree was trimmed, but the roots are still breaking up the foundation of the house. The players have changed, but the game remains the same.

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