The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 01/24/12

Air date: 
Tue, 01/24/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe discuss SOPA and the future of online censorship.

For now, it seems, the Internet will remain the radical experiment in free information exchange that we have come to know and love. Abe and Joe dissect the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and discuss the future of online censorship.

Plus -- an update on the time-honored practice of racist "dog whistles" in conservative circles.


Karen's comment

I don't know why I got cut off this morning while I was speaking on the radio, but I thought I'd add my comment here in reference to the interaction between Newt G. and the debate moderator's question about his wives and mistress. As a liberal progressive, I am repelled by Newt's words and actions in both his personal and political lives. However, it is informative to step away from my own perspective and ask, "was the exchange beneficial to Newt in any way?"

Looked at from this perspective, it becomes apparent that the exchange gave Newt an opportunity to achieve several things: 1. He got the question out of the way and thus quickly removed the "elephant in the room"; 2. He was able to immediately show his "fangs" and present a tough persona; 3. He cowed the moderator and set the tone of the debate as one in which he didn't need to be respectful to others or address his own failings.

Viewed from this vantage point, it served Newt beautifully in all respects. Since he is a cameleon at his core, we will probably see him change his persona to one of empathetic and soft-spoken gentleman in another setting.

On the radio, I also mentioned the value of education and the ability to engage in critical thinking to analyze and understand the world. Unfortunately, this skill typically isn't taught in K-12 grades and is rarely offered in college. With so many complex issues to consider and the struggles we face in trying to maintain our homes, jobs, and families it seems to me that it is crucial to learn the process of critical analysis. As a society and culture, we risk our very existence if we rely on sound bites and easy answers offered through the media.

Thinking about our thinking and learning how to think more purposefully requires going deeper into a subject by asking questions, taking a different perspective, gathering information, exploring assumptions, developing conclusions, and considering implications. Critical thinking is a process that can help all of us make good decisions about what is best for ourselves, our loved ones, and our country.



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