Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 2:42 AM
The battle against disinterest and lack of understanding is a tough and long one. Recently, I get caught more and more often in the following pattern of exchange:
(1) Poster X criticises some entity Y's role in issue Z. From what s/he writes, it becomes clear that s/he doesn't understand the context in which issue Z arises.
(2) I try to explain the context of issue Z to poster X, and thereby implicitly ask him/her to reconsider the premature value judgment of entity Y.
(3) I get criticised by poster X for what is seen as my "support" of entity Y, for the very same invalid reasons offered in (1).
This most often happens when some of our more right wing American contributors make negative but uninformed statements about Europe, the UN, or just society at large.
Apparently, it is very hard to properly differentiate between knowledge and opinion. Is this discernment not taught in American schools?