rshowalter - 07:31pm Mar 28, 2002 BST (#280 of 331)  | 

Debate? Dissent? Discussion? Oh, Don't Go There! By MICHIKO KAKUTANI contains a lot of wonderful stuff -- I was struck especially with this line:

That explains a great deal about how the optimistic, bouyant argument in Thomas L. Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree falls short -- and the optimistic, simplistic claims for "globalization" have fallen short. Friedman and many others didn't think enough about the barriers to communication that the new communication technologies do not strip away.

We have to think about them now.

When groups of people can "filter out" key pieces of information, the truth can be too weak, and results can be disastrous.

When things are complicated enough, truth is our only hope of finding our ways to decent solutions. That means we have to find ways to keep people from "filter(ing) out information that might undermine their views."

Challenge, questions, and invokation of the need for force:


Comment and response:

Betraying Humanity By BOB HERBERT