Use Technology to learn, not the Bible

John M. Broder of The New York Times wrote an article, Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith. In it he addresses Tea Party groups and their opposition to global warming. Norman Dennison, a 50- year-old electrician and founder of the Corydon Tea Party actually booed a democratic candidate for his House cap- and-trade bill. The bill would generate job opportunities and lessen our dependence on foreign oil while also addressing global warming. Mr. Dennison stated, “’It’s a flat-out lie,’  adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. ‘I read my Bible,’ Mr. Dennison said. ‘He made this earth for us to utilize.’”

What? With all of the resources and access to information sure, it can be hard to weed out the truth sometimes. But look at scientific data and you’ll see clear answers. Since when do people trust the words of politicians over actual research?? Presidential candidate Rick Perry has slandered scientists, claiming that they’ve all lied about climate change to make money. And people believe him. They’d rather live in denial because it’s easier than dealing with the scary truth and having to care/change.

Mr. Broder mentions how many Tea party’s against global warming also just happen- to be sponsored by Fuel and Oil companies. What?! So the tea parties sponsor candidates who share the same views, meaning if the candidates want to keep the money rolling in, they have to make sure the oil companies are well taken care for.

This doesn’t have to do exactly with technology, but if people would just make the effort to find out the truth, less lies would be spread. Find out the facts for yourself, rather than trusting a corrupt politician or lobbying group.

-Sophi Zaken

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2 responses to “Use Technology to learn, not the Bible

  • etherspace

    It is true that technology such as the internet can be an invaluable way of disseminating information and those with access can use this resource to their advantage. However, it is also worth mentioning that the internet is full of bias. As much data that exists supporting global warming online, there are also innumerable sources that contest it. I believe that in general, Tea party members are just as linked in as members of any other activist group, but perhaps they are selective in their research. People tend to search out sources that confirm their beliefs. Therefore, despite information being available, it can easily be ignored. In a perfect world, people would research both sides of any issue, so in this case, my only suggestion would be to engage “Dennison” or any other person who shares opposing views in debate & encourage him to explore the other side of the issue.

  • laurenholtzman

    The problem is how to tell fact from fiction. While information technology does in fact disseminate information, there is of course the problem of knowing how accurate that information is. Just as propaganda in newspapers, radios, magazines, etc. were subject to lies and misinformation, so too is the internet. In fact, it is almost easier to disseminate information which is false on the internet and reach so many people because of how widely spread the internet is used. In terms of technology being spread around the world, it is important that people are educated about the use and misuse of the internet and how to best find accurate information.

    I am very conflicted about this because at the same time, the internet makes it so easy to just trust what one reads. How do we know that information is true or false? Is there really any way of knowing unless you witness something yourself? I think the answer is no and this is something we are going to have to cope with throughout this era of technology.

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