Just to give a few examples: So about half the stuff on your dashboard is something you actually want to see, and the other half is towers of alternate insults that look like this: Imagine Moloch, in his Carthaginian-demon personification, looking out over the expanse of the world, eagle-eyed for anything that can turn brother against brother and husband against wife.
But also lost is our ability to treat each other with solidarity and respect. Lost is the ability to even talk about the things we all want. Then everyone would agree it was indeed very brutal and racist, and something would get done. An obviously true rape allegation will only be spread if the response is controversial enough to split people in half along lines corresponding to identity politics — which is why so much coverage focuses on the proposal that all accused rapists should be treated as guilty until proven innocent.
In this case, they choose a disastrous decision based on some moral principle. Convincing even a few more people to donate to charity, or to redirect their existing donations to a more effective program, can literally save dozens or even hundreds of lives even with the limited reach that a private blog has.
An editor can publish a story on Eric Garner, but in the absence of a divisive hook, the only reason people will care about it is that caring about it is the right thing and helps people.
Studies often show that only 2 to 8 percent of rape allegations are false. Vegan Outreach is an extremely responsible charity doing excellent and unimpeachable work in the same area PETA is.
And then bird-watchers and non-bird-watchers and different sub-groups of bird-watchers hold vitriolic attacks on each other that feed back on each other in a vicious cycle for the next six months, and the whole thing ends in mutual death threats and another previously innocent activity turning into World War I style trench warfare.
What would it mean for a meme to have a life cycle as complicated as toxoplasma? Or posts that turn all of you against one another like a pack of rabid dogs, and get me 16,?
On the other hand, the controversy over dubious rape allegations is exactly that — a controversy. Even hard-core anti-feminists would believe a rape accusation that was caught on video.
More important, unarmed black people are killed by police or other security officers about twice a week according to official statistics, and probably much more often than that.
The idea was to replace a model of humans choosing whichever ideas they liked with a model of ideas as parasites that evolved in ways that favored their own transmission.
Nobody has heard of them.
The tiny Tumblr rationalist community somehow attracts, concentrates, and constantly reblogs stuff from the even tinier Tumblr community of people who hate rationalists and want them to be miserable no, well-intentioned and intelligent critics, I am not talking about you. Finally, it gets pooped back out by the cat, completing the cycle.
Instead, it lets you reblog them with your own commentary added. Toxoplasma is a neat little parasite that is implicated in a couple of human diseases including schizophrenia. It might be useful evidence that we were on the right track here, with our toxoplasma memes and everything, if we could find evidence that they reproduced in the same way.
Everybody hates rape just like everybody hates factory farming. And man, it is some contrast. Feminists would probably like to start supercharging the true rape accusations for a change. Vegan Outreach can get everyone to agree in principle that factory-farming is bad, but no one will pay any attention to it.
So why are the most publicized cases so much more likely to be false than the almost-always-true average case? For a few weeks around the height of the Ferguson discussion, people constantly called out one another for not reblogging enough Ferguson-related material, or Heavens forbid saying they were sick of the amount of Ferguson material they were seeing.The backlash to PETA brings to mind the recent complaints of Uber surge-pricing; that is, people complaining about something THAT WOULD OTHERWISE NOT EXIST.
The Effects on Drunk Driving - There are many reasons why people drink and drive. Many people drive under the influence all the time. Drivers have a responsibility while drinking and driving.Download