Kids Conflate Information and Wisdom: Easy Marks for Liberal Rhetoric

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

When I was a kid, a teenager, and yes, a young adult (I’m that old) the internet did not exist.  I was in my early to mid-twenties when the internet came to my home.  And by “my home” I mean my parents home.  I don’t think I had my own computer with internet access at my own place of residence until I was at least 28 years old.

It’s hard for young people today to envision a world without computers.  Every child and teen has a computer at their fingertips 24/7.  Literally, at their fingertips with an iPhone.  If they want to know an answer to a burning question….any question at all, or if they just want to keep up with what’s happening in the world at large, they can access that information instantaneously.

When I was growing up kids and teens weren’t all that interested in the world at large.  It wasn’t that we didn’t want to know what was going on in the world, but it was just too much effort to keep up to date on world events.  We had to watch the news on TV and read newspapers to have any idea what the headlines of the day were.  We largely went about our business going to school, playing sports, hanging out with friends (in person), and just being kids.  Nowadays, the young think they know something about how the world should be because they have all the information they need from their iPhone.  But they don’t have the life experience or developed brains to truly process that information.  Its pretty dangerous for someone to have information, but not the capacity or experience to properly put that information into context.

Kids today conflate information with wisdom.  This leads to a lot of teenagers having a false sense of worldliness.  And Young Adult Fiction just exacerbates this problem.  So many YA book series deal with teens being put in adult situations where they have to make enormously complex decisions in order to save themselves or the world.  The reality is that if 99.9% of American teens were put in these situations in real life they would fail miserably.  But because they have a false sense of wisdom and worldliness, and see these characters succeeding they believe they are much more capable than they actually are.

A teen I know recently asked her mother about the war on drugs, and its historical background.  Her mother said she didn’t know that much about it.  The teen was astonished that her mother wouldn’t know since “you were alive when this was beginning”.  The teen thinks that because her mom was a teenager when the war on drugs began in the 1980’s that she should have a ton of information on it.  The mother tried to explain that when she was a teen she was largely unaware of these things.  She went to school, went to practice, came home to do homework and eat dinner, maybe watched a TV show or two, then went to bed only to do the same things the next day.

Only after a long discussion on the fact that her mother didn’t have a computer in her hands all day long, that the internet didn’t exist, and that in order to write a term paper she had to use something called The Dewey Decimal System and card catalog at the library to find books she had to actually read for reference, did the teen marginally begin to understand the reason her mother isn’t an expert on all things from the 1980s.  This also led to the question of how the mother printed her paper out when she was done writing it.  To which the mother responded that she had to hand-write the paper, then type it on a typewriter.  Mind-blowing, right?

The teen in question was enlightened a bit on the subject of life before iPhones, but in all honestly, as soon as she thought of something else she wanted to know and Googled it on her iPhone, I’m sure she completely forgot the plight of teens in the 1980s.

The point of all this is that many teens have a false sense of their own experience in the world, and this makes them easy marks for Liberals to play on their emotions to bend them toward their way of thinking.  Teens and young adults have teachers and professors who spew their Liberal rhetoric as if it is the only point of view that is acceptable.  Then these teens and young adults go on-line and read news stories and articles from largely Liberal slanted sources that reinforce these views.  Just look at the mayhem that occurred on high school and college campuses after the Republican candidate won the Presidential election.  These kids literally could not believe that someone with a POV so opposed to what they have been fed at school could win.  How could it happen?  I think it was a wake up call to these kids.  I hope that over the course of the next 4-8 years these kids are able to open their minds to acknowledge the positives of Conservatism.  But in all honesty, with the state of higher education institutions and the Liberal media, I don’t have high hopes.

 

 

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