internet was my intro to Chomsky.I'm not sure how this relates but I think there should be more public intellectuals such as Chomsky, or back in the day Russell.
Fortunately we have Dawkins, Dennett, and obviously Chomsky.
i guess you haven't heard about google+Would it be wrong to hope that the last three disappeared?
Back before the internet I went through a period where I read the newspaper every day. I was never so worked up about the insanity of the times as during that period.Then I stop and realize that I'm sitting at my computer with dozens and dozens of news stories from around the world, that just happened within the last few minutes.
In the past, you probably interacted mostly with people you knew personally and most of you probably had similar backgrounds. There were probably only a few of your friends that had radically different views from yours, yet had enough other positive things about them that you still hung around them.It seems to me that, in addition to the things mentioned here, the internet (and the large number of cable TV stations) is also contributing to the very polarized attitudes we have now, at least in the US. I think that before having access to all of these sites, people would read a few newspapers or watch a few television stations for their news reports. These gave a relatively balanced approach to the news. Now, people seem to only get information from the sites that agree with them, and are only rarely exposed to an alternate viewpoint. In the past, I don't think political opinions were so highly polarized as they are today, and this may be the reason. Does anyone else feel this way?
Glad to hear that. Usually it's pourn that gets intro'd. Poor children, oversexed and underphuqed. Non sequiter you might say, but it is true.internet was my intro to Chomsky.
Dawkins has good reason to be angry.don't know Dennett. think Dawkins is little more than an evangelical.