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mdrockwell
mdrockwell
What if all the people with no expertise in a subject stopped speaking about it publicly like they have expertise in the subject? Or at least started clarifying that they don’t really know what they’re talking about before stating their opinion. 🤔
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numericcitizen
numericcitizen

@mdrockwell I often tell to myself: it’s not because free speech exists and that you can speak about anything that you should.

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leonp
leonp

@mdrockwell What sort of subjects do you mean?

mdrockwell
mdrockwell

@leonp I had government and general politics topics in mind, but truthfully it can be applied to almost anything. Don't get me wrong, people should be able to speak about whatever they want, but I think it would be wise for people to be upfront about their degree of knowledge. Biggest issue with that, though, is that most people don't know how little they know.

leonp
leonp

@mdrockwell I think social media encourages everyone to have an opinion on everything. Politics is different from, say, JavaScript, though; it doesn’t take expertise to have a political opinion. My problem is that it allows people to act in bad faith and encourages extreme opinions.

mdrockwell
mdrockwell

@leonp there are plenty of grifters for sure, but I suspect many of the people acting in bad faith with extreme opinions are actually under-informed about whatever specific political topic they're discussing.

mdrockwell
mdrockwell

@mdrockwell but I agree that it's a serious problem that extreme opinions are rewarded by social networks.

pimoore
pimoore

@mdrockwell @leonp After allowing Trump to voice all his extreme opinions on the platform for far too long, no wonder it’s such a pervasive problem now (even with him gone). He even shut down his blog, likely after realizing his influence there is nothing like it was on Twitter.