Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Take On Popular Culture Episode 1 : Public Opinion

Today's American and 'civilized' world culture is based extensively on electronic input. In order to understand this, one must ask a very important series of questions and be detailed about their context. Where did you get your taste in music? why do you like it? have you explored "all" types of music? Have you attempted to search? where? why? etc. the list of questions roots to something very simple. Your most popular tracks on the market probably come from a place not many people pay attention to or, in some cases, never heard of. More-so, I can safely assume the same deal with what many people understand about today's world. I've noticed that in many encounters with people, who's interests I know nothing of, respond almost anti-socially to the questions "What belief system do you hold true to?" or "What is your personal opinion on net neutrality?". Their responses rest with "I don't talk about religion/ politics" or in even worse cases, "I AM OFFENDED __________" My point rests with the fact that people are often offended or uncomfortable with topics that have been rested largely on public opinion. I will split this piece into a few parts now so I don't lose myself and, more importantly, the reader.

Public Opinion:

Let's get started on something relatively simple. I briefly explained a strange process of in-depth questioning. Here, I'll explain why I went through the trouble of raging over it. It starts with automated response. When I say a word that holds some sort of controversy to it, lets say, women's rights/equality. How would you respond? would you say "Yeah! I think we as a society are progressing GREATLY because of it *:D*" That opinion is neat and all but is it your perception of the issue? I have general rule of thumb when it comes to intellectual discussion about topics such as these:
1: Know your topic and the question it poses (Do women need rights? what happens when the attempt to use said rights?)

2: discard opinion until your facts have been researched

3: know where your 'facts' come from and check them with at least 2-3 sources (Google is pretty neat and make sure you follow this rule or your future opinion WILL be worthless)

4: recognize the history of the topic and its afflicted parties in their entirety

5: consider all the checked and factual information you have gathered and lean in the direction you prefer on the topic. (It does not have to be a choice A or B thing {gay and straight marriage debate - I chose the idea that marriage licenses should be gotten rid of all together as it allows a secular power to decide who you'll be happy with})

6: establish methods to bring about your point with ringers that draw interest to your argument so you may re-educate your opponent using your facts (really? Are you aware of "_"?)

Of course, you could always watch the news and be another man/ women/ child/ dolphin with an education on current events that is...... incomplete, putting it nicely.


My point?

If you have never heard of or used this process, then you may be asking, "Why take so much time to build an argument on one subject?" The answer can be equated to the analogy of a lawyer building a case to ensure a rapist goes to prison. If that guy doesn't build a case and make it a priority that a guilty man pay the punishment of his crimes, and we all assume that it will be decided for us, where does someone draw the line?




As a final note regarding my opinion towards the media*, I believe that they have done a swell job creating the perfect consumer. After all it's nice knowing you have the free will to not think for yourself. Right?

* Major Media Outlets

RIAA - Recording Industry of America - Responsible for what gets a record deal and an instant platinum album along with millions of dollars. many companies are aligned with it to create a monopoly of music industry.

MPAA - Motion Picture Association of America - Much like the RIAA but with movies

Fox, NBC, CNN - news networks responsible for showing you detail instead of a story of today's events while forgetting to display the ridiculous amount of corruption in the world. see also: thinks for you

Most likely, I'm missing things, but I'm tired XP. The next episode will explain my dealings on the music industry.


Love ya guys,
~Ohrightyth3n

2 comments:

  1. very interesting and well thought out post. I agree people should research research research

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  2. Yeah people spill out opinions way too fast without really thinking about what they just said. Especially in arts (music) I try to be as open as possible to everything.

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