Back then, it was hard to find anyone to validate your crazy beliefs. Now you just go on Twitter and even the president believes them.
I’ve been exposed to ideas and perspectives from social media that I would otherwise be blind to. And I think that I’m the better for it compared to the three television network and local newspaper monopoly on information dispersal that I grew up with.
I think Cake, at its best, destroys that echo chamber that we all can be trapped in from the information choices we make. I know it has significantly changed and expanded my world view for the better.
Although I believe the enemy of my enemy can also be my enemy, sometimes the most insightful takedowns of Trump have come from influencers on the right: George Conway, Anne Coulter.
I found it fascinating reading that Medium article on the mom who believed she would go to hell if she took a coronavirus vaccine developed by Bill Gates. I’ve never read anything like this in The New York Times or Washington Post; and I don’t personally know anyone in my little world who holds those beliefs.
The internet is the most amazing tool for information junkies who know how to wield it’s powers: you can actually get to the truth when a lie or untruth is communicated.
But where in our education system is this explicitly taught? Over 70% of adults don’t have a university degree, so if it isn’t taught by high school graduation then when?
You look at the destruction of Oklahoma’s education system through defunding: textbooks not replaced in over a decade, overcrowding of classrooms. Throw in No-Child Left Behind remnants of “teach to the test/memorize a bunch of worthless facts” over teaching critical thinking skills, and you realize
So when these conspiracy theories and alternative theories come out on COVID-19, people lack the skillset to research credible sources to reach the truth.
A few months ago when the pandemic started, we were talking on Cake about UV lights as a possible safeguard. I was even considering buying a portable one to kill the virus if it got on our mail.
But I did the research, chatted with knowledgeable folks here, did more research to evaluate whether folks here knew what they were talking about, and then came to the truth that UV lights powerful enough to kill the virus would cause serious injury to me in the process.
Of course, I could’ve just followed the current guidance on the CDC website. But I think it’s better to try to understand the science as much as possible because they are not infallible. But that’s different from taking hydroxychloroquine because someone with zero medical training starts touting it.