Soundbites

Just a note, but it may be significant.  Yesterday I got involved – very unwisely – in a Facebook argument with a Brexiter about the Shamima Begum case (see https://bernardjporter.com/2021/02/28/shamima/). He seemed to have got the basic facts of it entirely wrong, so I tried to put him right. He still didn’t ‘get’ it, so I politely suggested that he ‘read up on the case’. This is his reply.

‘Nothing to read it’s a sound bight [sic] like I said.’ 

Reading between the lines of that, it occurred to me that some people – he can’t be the only one – simply don’t know that there are sources of information open to them quite apart from slogans, newspaper headlines and ‘soundbites’.  That might explain a lot.

[Incidentally: on the Samima Begum case, here’s a post by the excellent Jon Danzig: https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/facebook-backs-down-after-wrongly-banning-me/?fbclid=IwAR269TVOfuJo8R95C1gUx-gh7rvwNloBTkxblwgTKRhoQQgMY6JHMDg1zXA.  I don’t think Facebook have taken down my piece yet on the grounds that it’s ‘defending terrorism’ (which of course it isn’t). Too obscure, probably. But how can one tell? Do they let you know?]

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1 Response to Soundbites

  1. “Reading between the lines of that, it occurred to me that some people – he can’t be the only one – simply don’t know that there are sources of information open to them quite apart from slogans, newspaper headlines and ‘soundbites’. That might explain a lot.”
    Your antagonist has been to school, one presumes, and would know that such sources exist; however, it is a feature of the new irrationalism that such texts – with their dependence on evidence and reason – represent everything the Trumpist-Brexiters wish to suppress.

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