Untangling what is bullsh!t and what is not is becoming somewhat fraught I find.
With so much information of the conspiracy kind disseminated on the internet (Alex Jones, infowars, prisonplanet, and other assorted crackpots) with absolutely no guiding thread or logic, just cobbled together unrelated threads sewn together for a dumb and dumber audience. All explained by the presence of some shady blind hand or illuminati behind it and out to bend us all over.
For mine, I think that back in the old days you had to have some 'glue' to put things together. Marxism, feminism, neo-liberalism, historical forces - whatever it was, to bind it together and critically sort what was bullsh!t and what was not.
And then, you have investigative journalism which is dying as an art. Where you get genuine investigative reporters following the 'money trail' - exposing relationships between government and business, cronyism, nepotism, etc. But then, those exposes never really end up in the mainstream, because it is dismissed as crackpot because of the rub off of the Alex Jones' of the world and mainstream right wing press (Fox, Gerard Henderson) etc. are able to dismiss it.
Spin is dead. And wash is alive. The wash is when it all gets thrown in together and everyone throws up their hands, shrugs their shoulders and mutters 'its all too hard'.
The internet has blunted our critical thinking skills because we are no longer reading books, investing in theories that bind together a view of the world, cross checking information, reading the field, etc. We click from one site to the next, one YouTube clip to the next and its all over.
You tell me ASFers... who are the genuine critical thinking minds out there?
PS. Defending Alex Jones or other crackpots NOT ALLOWED in this thread. Thanks.