It blows my mind that people argue politics on forums online in South Africa. I believe they hope their little bit of electioneering will change the hearts and minds of a particular political party card holder. That they believe they are reaching the majority of the population!?
I maintain that if you want to lose all hope in society you should read the comments section of News24’s website. Don’t get me wrong I like News24, information is not always accurate but they are among the speediest of updaters with breaking news. So i visit the site whenever I need a break and want to see if anything is going on.
Oftentimes not much is.
The above prefaces my utter loathing of this new trend of public participation in every form of media that is presented to the public now. Expert opinion, it appears, holds no more weight than the next viewer or listener that phones in to add their two cents.
I think the reason it really bugs me is that it appears to be another celebration of mediocrity. It discredits the years of work and experience of thought leaders. It takes away from those that achieve more and encourages others to achieve less, because, what is the point? All voices are the same. Why aren’t philosophers, economists, scientists and engineers idolized and held up as examples? When it is so easy to pick upa piece of mass media and find a naked celebrity making a name for themselves.
Are we still so driven by sex and physical desire that looking good is enough of a reason to be celebrated? Will we ever get past this?
Yes I am a trained scientist, and yes I am cheesed off that science is largely ignored and discounted by people that do not understand it’s concepts. Yet they pick up a cellphone and text their friend to tell them just how uncool this guy was or how bored they are and they have nothing to do, and there is no concept of just what an amazing feat sending that simple message was and how much science and engineering it took to get to that point.
I’m going to stop now, because this is becoming, no it probably has already become, a rant. What I do want, is to find a few suggestions that may combat this general malaise. We all have the ability to learn and create. It’s our greatest gift! I want to see it used more. I want to see us prosper!
How do we make being smart cool? Once we achieve that, I believe it will become self-propagating. You’d have to raise your game to keep up!