Friday, March 02, 2007

A Culture of Opinions over Knowledge

This phrase came up in a recent on-line discussion, referring to what drives the media these days. If blogging is part of the media then this is certainly true. You want opinions? The Internet has them! What I think the writer of this phrase means (and of course what I think is an opinion!) is that many statements are made as opinion without the basis of knowledge to provide a solid foundation to the argument offered.

The key to this blog is simple: there are strong indications that the issues are not being debated openly even though the information is out there. Despite what Al Gore may think (see the previous post) there is little balance within the political science community and this is further exacerbated by the media. Links from this blog go some way to providing the balance. My own observations serve to assist but not demand the conclusions each reader may derive from the information out there.

Debate is healthy. Knowledge inspires healthy debate.

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