The Age of Ignorance

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Internet ignorance

We've all adapted to technology, integrated it into our lives, and changed our lifestyles accordingly. But many of our politicians are still living in the 's, pretending the internet is another country and refusing to acquire the faintest clue about it. You'll see the signs whenever they confuse megabits with megabytes, invent jargon such as Rudd's deplorably hilarious "bandspeed" , or blame "hackers" for taking down a website which has crashed because they've neglected to provision it adequately.

They really have no idea. Even worse, they appear to believe that we're just like them, helpless, hapless and ignorant, in need of "protection" from online threats which they've either misunderstood or just plain made-up. In reality, their ignorance is far more dangerous to us than anything we'll ever find on the internet -- And who is to protect us from them?

Technology issues affect the environment, the NBN, our financial systems, our education systems, energy, heath care, media, and virtually every other aspect of our lives, and while we don't expect our MPs to be geeky experts we should at least expect them to comprehend the issues as well as we do.

In the 21st century it should be utterly unacceptable to elect representatives who wilfully fail to understand how our country has changed in the presence of technology.

The modern world will not retard its progress to suit the needs of our 19th century institutions, we need the institutions to change to suit us -- and if our current crop of politicians aren't prepared to help, we need to replace them with some who are.

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How our leaders work hard at being 'ordinary'. As African Americans moved to urban centers around the country, virtually every large city with a significant African-American population soon had newspapers directed towards African Americans. Today, these newspapers that are still around are struggling but have still gained audiences outside African-American circles. However, today Black American youth appear to hate the Black Press and anyone associated with it!

Do you ever wonder why the same old tired Negroes are always called on to speak at Black colleges, to host shows and programs on TV and radio and to attend political and social events? They are the ones called because they are the ones that can be controlled. They can be told what to say and what not to say. The can be told what topics to discuss or report and what topics not to discuss or report!

Sad to say, but to many people in your community, nothing is true until the white man says it is true! Jesus is white if the white man says Jesus is white. Cleopatra is white if the white man says she is white. And does it indicate that people today are less intelligent or in touch with current and historical events than older generations? We live in a society which values objective facts and rote memorization as a measure of intelligence.

But honestly, does the ability to regurgitate facts indicate a higher level of intelligence? We see only the ignorance — just as we do in these tweets. Never mind the fact that Twitter has over million registered users. At the end of this video, the students actually provide links to unedited interviews with three of these people in which a number of their answers are correct. So what does that mean for their intelligence? How should they be graded? The same is true for a fact like the sinking of the Titanic.

This is a Western fact, not known or taught frequently outside the US. The assumption is that the retention of popular facts — and popular culture in the case of some of the questions in the video — are the measure of intelligence. The real measure of intelligence is not in rote learning — or memorizing facts, but in applying those facts to evaluate and solve problems.

I do believe that the motivation, patience, and work required to memorize those words will transfer into other areas of personal development and serve that person well, but the simple act of memorization is far less useful. With a basic level of intelligence and motivation, just about anyone can memorize just about anything.

What an intelligent girl! Because we ALL know our ABCs, but pi is uncommon, and therefore, we believe it takes an intelligent person to memorize it. I doubt the two-year-old in the video knows the significance of pi, much less how to use it to discover the circumference or area of a circle.

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