HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » WaPo opinion article wort...

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:43 PM

WaPo opinion article worth a read...

...if you can get past the paywall that is


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/07/goldberg-rogan-ben-and-jerrys-commentators-who-dont-know-what-theyre-talking-about/

But then there is an awful lot that Rogan — a college dropout, former mixed martial-arts fighter and comedian — does not know. He admitted last year: “I am a f---ing moron. I am a cage-fighting commentator. … I am not a respected source of information even for me. But I at least try to be honest about what I am saying.”
If Rogan is, by his own admission, a “moron” and not a “respected source of information,” then why he is granted one of the biggest megaphones in America? The same question might be asked about Goldberg and Ben & Jerry’s. That anyone would pay any attention to what they say about public policy is a damning indictment of our society.

...

We are the land where every covid crackpot says, “I’m doing my own research” — which usually consists of googling the views of other crackpots. Why not listen, instead, to the scientific experts? Because, in our “idiocracy,” entertainment is more important than expertise. Lack of knowledge is practically a prerequisite for influence. Knowing things makes you suspect as a snooty, out-of-touch elitist.
That’s why a former reality TV show host became president, and a former cage-fighting commentator became the top podcaster in America. We are paying a significant price for the lack of gatekeepers — and the resulting surfeit of ignoramuses — in both our politics and our media.

9 replies, 1029 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 9 replies Author Time Post
Reply WaPo opinion article worth a read... (Original post)
druidity33 Feb 2022 OP
grumpyduck Feb 2022 #1
druidity33 Feb 2022 #2
BigmanPigman Feb 2022 #3
teach1st Feb 2022 #4
Qutzupalotl Feb 2022 #6
druidity33 Feb 2022 #7
teach1st Feb 2022 #8
druidity33 Feb 2022 #9
stopdiggin Feb 2022 #5

Response to druidity33 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 09:52 PM

1. "Try to be honest??????"

Rog, ol' buddy, what you say on the air is OPINION. Your opinion based on bullshit. Maybe honest to you, although I doubt it. AFAIC, you're just doing what your RWNJ cronies are doing -- practicing the world's oldest profession.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to grumpyduck (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:00 PM

2. yeah that caught my eye too.

What a fucking tool that guy is. He was being honest when he called himself a moron though.





Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to druidity33 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:06 PM

3. The original fucking moron says the same things.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to druidity33 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 10:41 PM

4. Here's a no-paywall link

Thanks for posting! As a WaPost subscriber, I get to "gift" ten free links each month.

https://wapo.st/3gC5VJb

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to teach1st (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 11:25 PM

6. Thank you!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to teach1st (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 8, 2022, 06:34 AM

7. How does one do that? I subscribe too... nt.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to druidity33 (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 8, 2022, 07:00 AM

8. Click on the gift box icon

On most Washington Post articles, there is a row of four icons just to the right of the author's name (often just beneath the photo). The first icon is a little gift box - that's the one you click on. In the resulting "Gift this article" dialogue, click on "Copy link" and then paste the copied link into your post.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to teach1st (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 8, 2022, 03:32 PM

9. That's great info! Thank you! nt.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to druidity33 (Original post)

Mon Feb 7, 2022, 11:05 PM

5. the word 'gatekeeper' caught my eye

and it says something I think interesting and important. I think many of us believe that, for better or worse (and I think this is open for rigorous debate), there use to be such a thing, and a certain purpose was served by having such. With the internet (and Jeff, and Mark, and Bill) - it is entirely about what sells - and the entire concept of gatekeeper is not only outdated, but in large part repudiated. And ultimately, WE bear the responsibility for that. Rogan is the problem he is today (and hardly he alone) because we are willing to spend our money with him. You cannot forever keep selling the idea that this is brainwashing and misinformation (however-much it is pure dreck). This is our fellow citizens voting with their dollars and purchases.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread