When I grew up, there was an old expression: “You can fool all of the people some of the time, you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
I declare that expression dead, along with the expression, “Photos don’t lie.”
Of course photos lie. Everyone knows this. The first question we ask is “was it Photoshopped?”
In the same way, all the fabricated crap of our modern age has made people much more wary, much harder to fool. Any person with a mind has learned to evaluate the information, to cross-check it, to use reason.
When I was growing up, people used to trust whatever they saw “in print.” Now that most of what appears in print is garbage, we all have to learn to sift through the garbage to find what’s true.
It’s about time. This human species–which for hundreds of thousands of years has had to adapt to an ever-changing world–needs to learn now how to dwell on a landscape piled high with informational garbage.
We can do it. Walter Cronkite is no longer here to tell us what to think. Now it’s Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann, and heaven help anyone who believes a word from their mouths.
Let these rabid pundits make us immune to rabit punditry. Let us have so much of them that we learn to think for ourselves.
Our current 24/7 culture of lies and celebrated ignorance can either kill us or, through its innoculating effects, save us.
Those who stop listening and start thinking will be saved. The rest will die.
I feel bad for them, I really do, but I also look forward to a time when you can fool none of the people none of the time. And maybe to reach that time, we have to pass through this current age of rampant bullshit.September 22nd, 2009
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