Email Many scholars and critics warn that TV and the Internet are dumbing us down. Are we actually getting smarter, or are we merely thinking in different ways?
Have you seen the McCain ad about Obama wanting to teach sex education to kindergarteners? Who Made it Cool: The very first few elections in American history were fairly tame who's going to run an attack ad against George freaking Washington?
Complex issues were at stake, sure, but there were a lot of well-thought-out and articulate pamphlets circulating to try to inform the Is the internet making us dumber about the various candidates.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement When the election of rolled around, again between Adams now president and Jefferson his vicesomeone stood up and said "How about we just make up shit about the other guy?
So President Adams' team sent out pamphlets saying if Jefferson was elected he would destroy Christianity, and that, "prostitutes When the threat of an all-hooker church wasn't effective enough to destroy Jefferson's career, Adams' Federalists stepped up their game, explaining that Jefferson's America would involve the "teaching of murder robbery, rape, adultery and incest".
Thomas Jefferson wants "murder robbery" taught in our elementary schools, people! Jefferson knew that the Federalists were hurling bullshit and, not to be outdone, he actually went out and hired a professional bullshit-hurler, James Callendar. Armed with nothing but an incredible imagination and a total lack of morals, Callendar effectively convinced a good portion of America that Adams "desperately wanted to attack France" and would if reelected Americans still liked the French back then, for helping us with the Revolutionary War and all.
This election set the standard for filthy, misleading campaigning. The technique of taking a real quote Jefferson saying he believes the current religious institutions lead to corruption and exaggerating it to the point of absurdity Jefferson wants to blow up Christianity and eat the baby Jesus was born, and used in every single election since.
Here's a story about Sarah Palin's daughter. And here's one about Obama's wife. John Quincy Adams was happy to inherit the mudslinging smear tactics pioneered by his father years earlier.
Adams was going up against Andrew Jackson and, since Adams was pretty corrupt himself, he figured the best approach was to smear Jackson's family and accuse him of murder.
The man did not do things half way. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Adams' campaign distributed the Coffin Handbill, a pamphlet which claimed Jackson being a lunatic killed six innocent soldiers in New Orleans for absolutely no reason.
Now in reality Jackson was a little insane and, sure, he probably personally killed a ton of people for no reason. But in this case the soldiers were guilty of robbery, arson, mutiny and desertion.
They were tried, found guilty and executed, as was the custom of the time. None of those details were considered important enough to include in the pamphlet, of course. Still, deliberately misleading voters by ignoring details wasn't enough for the Adams side, so they resorted to cheap, schoolyard dickery.
The paper explained that Jackson and Rachel got married even though Rachel was still married to some other guy, making both of them adulterers. In reality it was just a matter of confusion over the divorce papers, but still the accusations of adultery were so hurtful to Rachel that she eventually became ill and died as a result of the stress and humiliation so, uh Jackson is running for president on a platform of Murdering Everyone.
That he even got the nomination in the first place is just a shocking oversight on everybody's part. Jackson did win the election, but became bitter and, if possible, even more crazy than he already was as a result. There's a new story every week about how Obama is too smart or well-spoken or generally too "elitist" while some other story points out how accessible McCain seems, or how Sarah Palin's functional retardation makes her more relatable.
Whenever a presidential candidate speaks well or seems particularly clean, the immediate strategy of that candidate's opponent is to trash them as elitist, someone who thinks he's better than the hardworking, God-fearing general public. Inthis was taken to an awesome, hilarious extreme.
The plan of course was to make the opposing Democrats and Martin Van Buren look like a bunch of elitist aristocrats.
There were fliers of Harrison positioned next to log cabins to demonstrate his down-to-earth authenticity. They had parades full of log cabin floats to celebrate Harrison.
The business of log-cabin-shaped whiskey flasks fucking exploded. Had "I keep my shit real" been a relevant expression at the time, Harrison would've been widely acknowledged for the extreme realness with which he kept his shit.
Continue Reading Below "So real, you guys.
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But here's the thing: Harrison's shit was far from real; it was practically hologram shit. Harrison didn't live in a log cabin or drink hard cider. He had acres and acres of land. He lived in Ohio. Did that stop anyone from praising his log-cabin-ness? People were so excited about how real Harrison kept his shit, no one seemed to care that he didn't actually run on a platform that expressed a single view or opinion about anything.Nov 14, · President Trump on Friday called for the U.S.
Postal Service to raise the shipping rates that it charges initiativeblog.com, the online retailer, in a deal that he said disadvantages the federal agency. Nov 07, · The Internet is also making us smart because it provides us with easy access to an ocean of information that was hard to come by in the past.
These two facts aren’t contradictory; the Internet makes information available, but most of it is clickbait because that’s where the money is.
May 31, · How do the raw materials become the culturewide narratives and conspiracy theories? The path is variegated and flexible and often stretches across multiple media platforms. Sep 12, · Are smartphones making us dumb? This modern dread – that chronic distraction from all our e-gizmos is mangling our focus, maybe permanently – has .
The Internet Makes Us Stupid and Here's Why. “The redirection of our mental resources, from reading words to making judgments, may be imperceptible – our brains are quick – but it’s. Whatever we choose, the internet will be there to guide our thoughts and actions, and we will continue to debate it’s influence in our lives.
Unless, of course, it’s influence gradually rids us of the ability to debate at all.