Tuesday, April 23, 2013
This seems to be a recurring problem: major catastrophes, highly divisive issues, and general idiocy combine to create a practical shit-storm of people doing things that go against common sense. When things get worked up, when there's a lot at stake, or when there's a chance for public grandstanding, people seem to lose the ability to use their brains and operate in a way that makes any sense.
Take, as a great example, the way the media was chomping at the bit over the Boston bombings. Here we have an American tragedy being turned into a fear campaign that is plagued by misinformation, sheer idiocy, and people just making things up as they go. This coming from people who are supposed to be professional fact-checkers.