Why are we hearing from these people?

If social media are to be believed — and I’m not saying they are — multiple handbaskets are being readied for our trip to the hot nether regions.
The Daily Brief happened upon this comment, and maybe it explains things:

I have often considered that there are a lot more people who have degrees of mental illness out there than we generally realise. Most of the time they can function relatively OK, if surrounded by good people who try and keep them on the path of sanity, however if they are steered in the wrong direction — their inherent bias towards fantasy thinking will mean they go down the wormhole when a more sane person who stop and think “Hang on a minute here!” I think the reason we are seeing more of the misdirection now is the internet — it’s all there on everyone’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, and 100% accessible to all, whereas in the past such people would probably never have been exposed to such twisted thinking. Now they are, and they lack the critical faculties to determine what is true and what is false.

For all I know, there are still people out there who believe that you can’t say something untrue on television, because of federal law or the Seal of Good Practice or whatever. God forbid they should get caught up in the 24-hour cable news cycle.


  1. McG »

    6 July 2017 · 6:36 am

    I’m coming to the conclusion that what we’ve been calling “critical thinking skills” is actually training people to spot their tiny bits of insanity and rein them in before they spew them all over the rest of the world.

    We all have them, the cognitive anomalies that, if left to build on themselves, would turn us into raving lunatics or homicidal maniacs — but some of us quit Twitter before it gets that far.

  2. The Other McCain »

    6 July 2017 · 9:10 pm

    In The Mailbox: 07.06.17

    Dustbury: Why Are We Hearing From These People?

  3. Roger Green »

    7 July 2017 · 9:42 pm

    I’m convinced that 90% of people on Facebook and 180% of the people on Twitter are crazy.

  4. CGHill »

    7 July 2017 · 9:48 pm

    Well, 160%, anyway.

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