Right Wing Brainwashing?

A friend of mine linked me on facebook to this article with this video:

The Brainwashing Of My Dad By Fox, Rush Limbaugh & Hate Media

He posted it with the question: “Does anyone else know anybody like this?”


 Of course. Everyone does. But when you take off theTunnel Vision goggles that the author is wearing (and all the turbo leftist people she interviewed), it because very obvious very quickly that this is not even remotely unique to the “Fox News Republicans.”

It’s a pervasive issue of poor critical thinking skills and ignorance of basic human tenancies. The vast majority of people have no idea what kinds of non-reasoned automatic heuristics our brains evolved to cope with reality, and they couldn’t care less. That makes them incredibly vulnerable to people taking advantage of those heuristics. That’s just basic marketing 101.

Every group/company/product/politician uses these techniques. You have to if you want to even be noticed. It’s so pervasive that it’s faded into background noise for most people, but it’s still there. I’m sure I sound like a crazy conspiracy nut here, but it’s just a widespread lack of critical thinking.

Examples; I very rarely meet anyone that knows what I’m talking about when I say “confirmation bias” (remembering the hits and forgetting the misses, therefore “confirming” that something is a real phenomena). I’ve also had conversations with tons of people that are convinced that a personal anecdote about a claim is proof that it’s true (“I saw a ghost, therefore ghosts are real”). 

Heck, you don’t even need to look any farther than your own pantry. All those health claims on food boxes and whatnot. There’s an entire global industry around that stuff, and all of it distracts from the basic truth that any honest physician will tell you: Exercise, balanced diet with appropriate proportions, and decent amount of sleep are the primary health factors. Losing weight is a pure function of “Calories in vs calories out.”

Commentary like this is only serving to make the problem worse.  Stop pointing out how the other side is brainwashing their people and open your eyes to the fact that everyone is getting “brainwashed” from every angle.  The answer is to improve education in critical thinking…not attack some other political ideology.