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A Public Service Announcement, Via Twitter

It is thus:

 

I know you know that, of course. This message is for everyone else.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

34 replies on “A Public Service Announcement, Via Twitter”

John, you’re once again channeling Harlan Ellison. He once said something like, “Whoever said everyone’s entitled to an opinion only got it half right. Everyone’s entitled to an informed opinion.”

Jello Biafra once said “Don’t just ‘Question Authority’, Question Everything! Including me! Get a second opinion! Get a twenty second opinion!”

This has served me well over the years.

Roy McMillion,

I spent 13 years living in AZ where the churros were alleged to be authentic and delicious. I am not qualified to comment on the authenticity, but I have never encountered a churro that I could call delicious without lying through my cinnamon-coated teeth. Forget churros. Fry bread is the real deal.

I saw this sequence this morning and applauded. The notion that there is one and only one source for your (in the global sense of ‘your’) opinions is part of what got this country into the partisan divide it is currently in. It is the talking points curse. I recall getting roundly mocked when, after being asked, I listed the various news sources I go to. There are a lot, and for good reason; it gives me breadth. Maybe it is my unabashedly liberal arts background – you know, one of those ‘soft’ degrees – but the notion that there is more than one viewpoint seems fairly obvious, and that differing viewpoints are not always wrong, sometimes they are just different.

Earlier today, whilst reading your eBook post, I was just thinking how disconcerting is the frequency with which I agree with you. I get twitchy around excessive consensus. Now here you are advocating seeking other opinions, and I find I must agree with you again. Be less reasonable!

Mind you, I already knew you couldn’t be right about everything always, because I’m right about everything always, and sometimes we disagree, so clearly you must be wrong sometimes. I astound myself with my ineluctable logic! :-Fe

Thing is, when you express an opinion, there’s usually a long list of equally smart people expressing the same opinion independently. I’m pretty certain that there is SOMETHING that you and I would disagree about. Whatever that is, though, you have not blogged about it yet. But I’m sure there’s something. Hmm, how do you feel about the Oxford comma?

Pretty sure others will tell you the same thing, Phoenician.

So your advice is for us to seek out a second opinion on you being scared for us?

Because your opinion of your own opinion is just an opinion, and your opinion is that someone else’s opinion of your opinion may be a better opinion…

@Beej:

Not that I’d ever accuse Harlan of “borrowing” a quote (mostly for fear that he’d find me and chew my leg off), but he may have been channeling Asimov with that quote.

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

Meh. It’s not an new sentiment by any stretch – I just wanted to compare Harlan to a wild animal who might bite a person. Which he sometimes is!

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