Monday, July 24, 2006

Learning to love the echo chamber.

Here we find Idealistic Pragmatist arguing that one should read a broad spectrum of views from across the blogosphere. I think, however, that IP has mistakenly bought into the line driven by the corporate media that "balance" is equivalent to "objectivity". Not all views are equal; indeed, sometimes the most extreme view imaginable is nonetheless correct. What one reads should be driven by the quality of the reasoning proffered (if we're looking solely for rationally respectable reasons to read things -- there are many others, not the least of which is simple enjoyment). It's not a confirmation bias if one is objectively weighing the reasons offered in what one reads. Moreover, since the right has been so very, very wrong over the past few years, I would take it that it is their responsibility to demonstrate they are worth taking seriously, not the responsibility of those on the left to read the right.

Of course, if the point is supposed to be strategic, then it would make sense. It's always a good idea to know what the "other side" is thinking, if only to refute and (ultimately) defeat them.

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