Ed’s got a point.
In response, I’d suggest this (from a comment on the original link):
As usual, Ed, you’re right. Somewhere in what passes for his brain, there was probably some form of calculation behind this morning’s hissyfit. And you’re also right in pointing out that it’s not right to give the putative mayor a pass on his ignorance and homophobia by just shrugging it off. And you also make a good point, and one that hadn’t occurred to me, when you argue that the continuing debate over this is, in itself, demeaning and insulting to our LGBT friends.
But it’s not being ignored or shrugged off. Anyone with more than a couple of brain cells has already rebuked him and then pushed him back into the irrelevance from which he’s desperately trying to escape. I just wonder what else is going on, since it’s so clearly a manufactured controversy. Clumsy misdirection isn’t his strong point either.
There’s also that immutable problem known as “human nature.” It has a name now: it’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect, which says, in sum, that the dumber you are, the more confident you are that you’re not actually dumb. And when you get invested in being aggressively dumb…well, the last thing you want to encounter are experts who disagree with you, and so you dismiss them in order to maintain your unreasonably high opinion of yourself. (There’s a lot of that loose on social media, especially.)
Politicians from Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak to the brothers Ford at Toronto City Hall have repeatedly dismissed LRTs as little better than streetcars.
“It’s willful ignorance or deliberate mischaracterization,” one senior transit official said privately.
Once again … stupidity is not a civic virtue.
Source: The Globe and Mail
At some point on the message boards, the character of Skyler seemed to drop out of the conversation, and people transferred their negative feelings directly to me. The already harsh online comments became outright personal attacks. One such post read: “Could somebody tell me where I can find Anna Gunn so I can kill her?” Besides being frightened (and taking steps to ensure my safety), I was also astonished: how had disliking a character spiraled into homicidal rage at the actress playing her?
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A photo allegedly showing a rodeo clown dressed as President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair caused a stir on social media Sunday morning.
The photo was first posted on the liberal blogShow Me Progress. The blog post tells the tale of a Missouri resident, Perry Beam, who attended the fair in Sedalia with his wife Lily and a Taiwanese student Saturday night.
“Just prior to the start of the bull riding event, one of the clowns came out dressed in this,” the posts says, referring to the photo. “The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather. One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy.”
So much stupid.
Civic virtue and nostalgia
Remember when all u had to say to scold someone for sexist/racist/homophobic behavior was “hello, this is the 90s!” Not gonna lie, I’m a little nostalgic for that. For believing in the inevitability of progress.
I’ll say it again: stupidity is not a civic virtue.
Just ran across this. More on cycling and winning the door prize.
- Via @yvonnebambrick, working to eliminate the door prize | #TOpoli #bikeTO
- Cycling in Toronto and the toxic effect of consistent anti-bike rhetoric | #TOpoli #BikeTO
- the penalties for motorists who door cyclists …
- It’s not a War on the Car, it’s a war by cars on everyone else | #TOpoli #TOcouncil #bikeTO
America’s most dangerous enemies are not Islamic radicals but those who sold us the perverted ideology of free-market capitalism and globalization. They have dynamited the very foundations of our society. In the 17th century these speculators would have been hung. Today they run the government and consume billions in taxpayer subsidies.
Chris Hedges, folks. He’s here all week.
America has become amnesiac—a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated. The United States has degenerated into a social order that is awash in public stupidity and views critical thought as both a liability and a threat. Not only is this obvious in the presence of a celebrity culture that embraces the banal and idiotic, but also in the prevailing discourses and policies of a range of politicians and anti-public intellectuals who believe that the legacy of the Enlightenment needs to be reversed.