Claim jumping

January 27, 2012


I was talking to my daughter’s boyfriend. About Andrew Jackson. That he was America’s Hitler. And though he agreed with me that Jackson would be tried as a war criminal today, there was more to the story. It was interesting. I realized that I didn’t know enough about Jackson. And so I did more research. It did not change my opinion but it re-enforced a view that all of us are too hasty to make judgments with very little information. On a lot of blogs you hear people making all kinds of claims, from politics to religion to art to movies. And others repeat those views as information. Like they’d read them in the bible. They even quote parts of the bible to back up their claims. I hope the WWW is opening people’s minds, not closing them. We should all be more skeptical.

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