Friday, January 15, 2010

The Crippled Epistemology Of The American People

President Obama's appointee to the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocates infiltrating 9/11 Truth groups. In a paper published in 2008, Cass Sunstein says that conspiracy theories arise not from irrationality or mental illness, but rather than a crippled epistemology in the form of a sharply limited number of news sources. Given that only five corporations control what the majority of Americans watch and read as news, doesn't that mean that all Americans suffer from this? And, since most people choose one or maybe two news sources, why isn't their judgment being called in to question?
Because the sources chosen by the majority of Americans do two things. They all sell the idea that any problem can be solved through the magick of market based capitalism. Even those problems, such as obesity, which are caused by capitalism. Secondly, they propagate a myth that our political system works, as long as you keep voting for the two major parties. Never mind that the stewardship of the Republican and Democratic parties have done nothing for anybody not connected monetarily to the corpocracy.
In 2008, Prof. Sunstein suggested infiltrating the 9/11 Truth movement in order to undermine it, enlisting nongovernmental officials to rebut the theories that run counter to the official government conspiracy theory. Given that many people still believe President Obama was born in Kenya, despite evidence to the contrary being provided, all I can say is, Good luck with that.


Tom Harper said...

So that's what you call it -- crippled epistemology. I always just called it Pravda or Tweedledee and Tweedledum. It makes sense in any case. A child eventually realizes there's no such thing as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Likewise, a population that's constantly soothed and lied to by the corporate "media" will eventually start questioning the "official" story.

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