An Assault on Reason

Began reading Al Gore’s new book today. In the introduction he sets the tone for the book.

In eighteenth century America, print media facilitated reasoned debate through the slow, but wide, dissemination of ideas. The cream of current thinking rose to the top in a generally newly literate population.

Lately TV and money have had a hugely corrupting influence on the American people’s ability, and even desire, to think straight about what’s important to maintain our freedoms and economic way of life.

Gore speaks of the internet as a vehicle for a renascence of dialog in the marketplace of ideas, opinion based on fact, and ultimately some synthesis of valid opinion.

I’m eager to see how he develops the rest of his ideas.

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