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    nmw 17:24:28 on 2016/07/01 Permalink
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    The Rationality of Ignorance 

    Ever since Sigmund Freud triumphed with his psychological theories, psychological repression has become interpreted as an acceptable behavior. Repression is now OK, because everyone does it.

    This post is not about psychology – at least not in the first place.

    It’s about ignorance. Ignorance is very widespread in today’s culture. When people „block“ someone on social media, they are simply ignoring them. Likewise, when people ignore their spam email folder, they often say that if something is important, then the person will write again. Hello? Write again?!? LOL, many people are so ignorant that they are even unaware of their own ignorance.

    OK, so perhaps: If it’s important they will call on the phone. Ah, yes: the elexir of voicemail! That splend circular file of phone ladders. I am sure people check their voicemail daily… NOT!

    Ignorance is nothing knew – even Galileo was the recipient of being ignored. No, even worse: He was considered a heretic. Being a heretic means: If someone doesn’t ignore you, then they must be crazy.

    In contrast, I believe everyone can choose for themselves who or what they wish to ignore. To some degree, the vast majority of people on the planet ignore global warming every day. You can ignore this politician or that politician – which one you ignore is entirely up to you. I by and large ignore retard media – though I do keep tabs on what kinds of nonsense other people do seem to pay attention to. Perhaps, though, in reality they really don’t pay attention to it (yet again: many people merely think they don’t pay attention to advertisements; and of course very few people are aware of the fact that most advertisements actually pay more attention to them than the other way around – at least for the vast majority of illiterate people who do not know how to prevent such „invasions of privacy“). They might say something like „I ignore ads“. Uh-huh, yeah, right.

    I feel it is very ironic that in this era of „big data“, people are very much involved in a habit of ignorance. Yet again: Here – as in many other examples of what seems to be a quirky kind of rationality – there appears to be a somewhat rational rationalization for this behavior: We cannot pay attention to everything, so we have to ignore something.

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    nmw 16:54:23 on 2015/12/04 Permalink
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    The Complacent Illiterate Generation 

    Unfortunately, this is also my generation. 😐

    The vast majority carry devices which track their every move. They submit their ideas to huge media conglomerate companies, allowing these spy organizations to comb through their information to find new + improved ways of targeting advertising, also known as a „personalized“ service.

    Plus: there’s even more than that: They are so ignorant, they refuse to acknowledge that advertising really only has a chance to be successful if the person being advertized to doesn’t realize they’re being manipulated. At least 9 out of 10 such ignoramuses maintains that advertising doesn’t affect them at all.

    This is my generation… – roll, skreek! 😯

    I find illiteracy a nuissance. Without literacy, effective communication is much more difficult. 😐

    Sometimes there is a great irony to the widespread complacency with respect to the extremely low levels of literacy. Let me give you an example. I have a friend who is a very good writer (I know it’s hard to believe, but I think he can write even better than I – at least in German [his native language *). My friend recently said to me „I think it’s time for me to get popular“. I find this very ironic, because he is always trying to protect his privacy, he wants to remain anonymous, etc.

    People who want to remain anonymous are mostly hiding from their friends. The government, retard media and a multitude of spy organizations already have everyone on the planet pretty much nailed down – most people couldn’t hide even if they tried. By seeking to remain anonymous, the complacent illiterate generation is preventing their friends from finding out anything about them… but they nonetheless cozy up to spies of every ilk imaginable.

    See also: “The Millennial Media Landscape

    (*) German is also a native language for me, as I grew up speaking two languages, … but I grew up mostly in the United States / American culture, so English is perhaps a little more native.

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    feedwordpress 19:22:44 on 2013/03/11 Permalink
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    Why domain names are more reliable than site descriptions, page titles and/or about pages 

    I’ve been spending the past couple days catching up on some of the backlog that built up in my RSS reader since Christmas… — actually I simply declared bankruptcy on some feeds that had accumulated hundreds if not thousands of posts in the interim.

    I really don’t like following individuals — I prefer to follow topics. I appear to be the only one on the planet who makes that distinction and/or holds that preference. For me, it simply makes more sense to look at e.g. physics.org than it would to look at someone’s personal website… — unless I am actually interested in catching up on someone’s personal opinions, beliefs, philosophical points of view, etc.

    One of the feeds I caught up on was Matt Mullenweg’s MA.TT feed, and a little over month ago he wrote a post about the “Fifth Estate“… and I disagree with the main gist of it. My disagreement is based on the simple fact that most of the retard media that people use to access information (e.g. Google and/or Facebook) do not magically connect things together as if this “technology” were some sore of genius machinery like an oracle or something like that.

    Of course if I type “physics” into google.com, the top result (besides wikipedia.org, which is essentially a project funded by Google) is physics.org (again: the Wisdom of the Language is simply the most reliable measure of relevance), not some random blogger’s website. To say that millions of bloggers are all connected to each other is plain and simple hubris (sorry Matt — I usually agree with you on most stuff, but here you simply got it wrong IMHO ;) ).

    The reason why the domain name is more reliable is equally plain and simple: Someone is signing on the dotted line for it, and someone is also paying for it. The payment speaks louder than words: It makes us sit up straight and likewise also pay attention, much in the same way that paying an artist for their artwork is a form of recognition. It is a simple and straightforward fact: We recognize words.

    Of course the word “physics” also appears on this page, but I am not so naive / illiterate to expect that I will therefore be connected to everyone who seeks information about physics. I could write the word 100 times and it wouldn’t make any difference: Search engines recognize that this is remediary.com, not physics.org — and therefore it’s simply about my personal opinion, and it is not about physics.

    So while physics.org does appear on the results pages of most search engines when someone searches for “physics”, most of the other results are more or less random… and the shoddy results are of course intended to motivate the illiterate masses to click on advertisements instead. ;)

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