Dumbing Down & Slamming Shut

The author of the following is talking about political opinion, but her remarks certainly apply to the attitudes of religious conservatives:

"As dumbness has been defined downward in American public life during the last two decades, one of the most important and frequently overlooked culprits is the public's increasing reluctance to give a fair hearing -- or any hearing at all -- to opposing points of view. . .

Genuine fairness does not mean the kind of bogus objectivity that always locates truth equidistant from two points, but it does demand that divergent views be understood and taken into account in approaching public issues. . .

A vast public laziness feeds the media's predilection today to distill news through polemicists of one stripe or another and to condense complex information into meaningless sound bites."

Talking to ourselves, LA Times April 20, 2008. Opinion written by Susan Jacoby, author of "The Age of American Unreason."

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