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The word of this election season: “Imperviousness.”

I’ve never experienced such imperviousness to reason as I have these last few months. People I love, people I respect, acquaintances, strangers. People are entrenched, taking editorial media reports, political PR, interest-group marketing and immediately converting them to deeply-held belief without proof. If it sounds plausible and agrees with one’s preset opinions, then it’s ‘fact.’ A simple dry comment can elicit a friendship-breaking response. And it’s spread throughout the metacosm really, not just in political discourse. Beyond just a ‘litmus test’ - opinions are becoming guillotines for what used to be conversational classical argument. “My way or the highway.” The echo chambers of Facebook seem to be implicated here. The algorithms that continue to feed us what we ‘like’, rather than what we actually ought to see and understand. The morning email from Amazon, “Most Read from the Washington Post” — what a horrible, depressing way to start the day. Facebook Trends - all the news not fit to print. The new algorithms on Instagram, Twitter. All narrow, shoving us down a sales/marketing funnel. All keeping us ennervated, anxious ... ‘small’. I thank God for RSS and my aggregators every damned minute [little or no algorithmic targeting]. [RSS widens. Use it.]

I can certainly be impervious, but I’d like to believe I see it and recognize it, esp. when readers call me out. Many readers know of my willingness to push an argument out into books and spending time re-educating myself - postponing judgment and refusing to blog on the subject again until I know more. I try. I don’t see many others trying. The process of investigating a personal opinion can be confounding, maddening ... and amazingly rewarding. I thank my readers for this constantly. You all keep me functioning well. Reminding me to step away from the silicon!

Blogging used to be better. I look around at this present time, and ‘lose the will’. I know it’ll pass (I hope; ‘Trumpish imperviousness’ seems to have become a human virus). However the current philosophy of blog-as-soapbox instead of blog-as-conversation loses everything that is great about blogging, IMHO. I find it a sad shame. To me, simply engaging in a conversation implies mind-changing. I and you readers seem to be the minority here for believing this.

I’ll leave the last word with Oliver Cromwell: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” Something I keep in the back of my head every time I open my mouth, or press “submit” on a post.

07/12/16 • 07:34 AM • HistoryPersonalPolitics(4) Comments
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