Why Nobody Cares What You Think (And What You Can Do About It)

Electro-CollarLet me start off by stipulating that I am TOTALLY in your corner, homes. I completely feel your pain, the frustration of having to repeat even the simplest proposition over and over and over (and over) again and just not being heard. It’s a real cross to bear, no?

But we can’t just drop it because some lunkhead refuses to see sense. We’ve got a point here, and even if we personally are not inclined to waste our time on trying to educate some feeble-minded half-wit, the integrity of our position is at stake. It’s not like we can just abandon ship in midstream here. Not without seeming to concede our point to some feckless, illiterate buffoon, anyhow.

I’m sure that’s what most of the problem is here. These people just don’t have the smarts or technical background or personal experience to see things our way. After all, they say, “No sense, no feeling.” That HAS to be why they seem to absorb round after round of our impeccably crafted logical salvos and still keep coming back parroting the same tired old chestnuts in response, as if they hadn’t heard a think we’ve said.

Not that this is very comforting or useful. I’m sorry.

Yet maybe there is another way around this thing. I’ve toyed around with this notion for a while, and it’s still sort of germinating, but this is probably as good a time as any to bring it up. In fact, this may be the PERFECT time to bring this up—cross-pollination of our ideas could just beef this thing up into something workable.  Something that can take leg and really get the show back on the road, if you know what I mean.

What we need to do is streamline the process—not waste another decade of our lives trying to educate willfully ignorant morons on how to work the existing process. The undeniable fact is that, whether through malice of incompetence, they’ve never been productive members nor will they ever be. Not that we really need them to.  Because, as I’ve let on, there IS another way around this problem.

What am I talking about? Choke points, me dear boy, choke points.

This conspiracy continued at Dystopia Diaries.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/daimasters Dai Masters

    *holmes, *thing, 

  • Okarin

    cause you’re not in fashion if you think differently 

  • John

    wha?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      1.  This is an attempt at a new para-journalistic form.  Its informal, conversational tone is intended to defuse the cognitive barriers that experienced readers have taught themselves to put in place to shield themselves from distressing content presented through more traditional, straightforward forms.  I firmly believe that strategic ambiguity engages much more deeply than programmatic simplicity.

      2.  EVERYONE feels marginalized, unheard.  I’ve even listened to millionaire Super PAC donors voice this with conviction.  What’s it mean to understand on a very intimate level that nobody thinks their opinions matter to anyone else?

      3.  Can we imagine alternative issues resolution formats that are more frequent and more focused?  Might they take off some of the huge emotional pressure placed on these once-every-4-year debacles and allow us more room for dispassionate objectivity?  Maybe encourage a little more give-and-take?

      Primary motivation here was to pick a small core of central ideas and engage.  I have a point of view, but it’s open.  I think readers resent being shoved a plate of FORTRAN like they were soulless code crunchers.  Readers’ comments are where the real value-added process begins.

      • Ceausescu

        I’d like to say that I very much enjoy your writing style. It’s fun and sarcastic, yet very deep.

        I have to admit that I sometimes have trouble understanding some ideas, but that’s probably because English is not my first language.

        Ya know, I’ve been thinking lately that, considering the nature of our economy system, we have a very efficient way of controlling these bastards. And that’s boycott. Mass boycott.

        We could boycott so many things ! From market products to government taxes. It would be such a smart revolt. It would be a hit below the belt !

        The problem is that they have the upper-hand in many aspects:

        They have public opinion engineers, that can so easily manipulate the zombies. And there’s so many f*cking zombies…

        Also, over the history, they have used the “divide and conquer” technique and it has worked flawlessly. An example would be the crisis in Greece which is regarded by many as a result of a culture filled with lazy people. But there’s so many other examples…I bet that any nation that I’d pick hates on some other nation and blames it for its unhappiness. I can even go further and bring out that even different cultures/regions within the same nation hate each other. It’s sad, but true.

        In order to fight back and hope to achieve something, we need a majority of critical thinkers, people who can discriminate between information and manipulation, people who have a realistic perspective on today’s media, politics and economics.

        When we’ll get to that point, smart, subtle tactics for defeating the system will be flourishing.

        But I doubt it will be achieved through institutionalized education.

        And at this point in history, the majority still thinks that institutionalized education is the key to success.

        Well, it actually is a path for success, but not for the majority.

        So yeah, I’ll just live on and try to make the best out of it. And while I’m at it, I’ll try and ring the alarm for some of the nearby zombies.

        /The End

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Thanks.  Your English is excellent.  Sometimes I intentionally go out of my way to be a little obscure in order to encourage a diversity of interpretations.

          You’ve got a lot of good ideas.  I think some folks may be working to implement some of them as you speak.  Here in the U.S. some offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street thing are encouring a nationwide general strike on Monday 1 May.  They have a Facebook page set up called, “May Day Strike”.

          Do you blog yourself?  In Romanian?  Ceausescu is a reference to the dictator, no? 

          • Ceausescu

             My nickname on Disinfo is indeed a reference to the Romanian dictator.

            I don’t blog, but it would be a good idea, as I really enjoy writing. I find it as a good mental exercise.

            Regarding OWS, I hope there will be a mass consensus and that they will come up with more effective ways to protest.

          • Liam_McGonagle

            It would be a good idea.  I find your observation spot-on–it is excellent mental exercise.

            I find that having some tangible, documented feedback to my efforts, even if it’s only the Blogger audience tracking utility, makes me a much better listener.  Which in turn, I think, has helped me improve my writing.

            Everyone has their own bag, so to speak.  Historically, I think it’s fair to say that I myself have been too data oriented.  Feedback from blogging helped me to realize that and let me channel my intuition a bit more.

            Even if only a relative few people understand me completely or agree with my opinions, I do feel ‘heard’ now.

  • rileyrifle

    What the hell is this article actually about? What’s posted here seems to be the same idiotic drivel the author is complaining about. To click the link? Or to not click the link? Not sure if want…

  • Coldest

    if people do not seem to listen, cast some spells ripping the fabric of space time it self and make them listen.

  • Opie Cunningham

    >Why Nobody Cares What You Think

    Nobody cares about what you think because it takes 6 paragraphs to get to the thesis sentence.

  • MoralDrift

    unfortunately I cant click through the link, behind the great firewall at work, but i enjoy what i read so far

  • Beeoriginal7

    The message is the medium.  

    • Liam_McGonagle

      To some extent.  Eventually, anyhow.

      Puts a fella in mind of the evolutionary arc of the “product placement” paradigm.  All these Madison Avenue geniuses never seem to have contemplated the notion that eventually the audience catches up with even their most subtle deception strategies.  When that happens, people erect barriers and stop caring.

      While this bit was a self-conscious attempt to stray from the expected path, I guess it, too has a shelf life.  I’m kinda hoping that the raw, partially incoherent yet actually heartfelt nature of the beast lets it live a while yet longer.  But I guess I’ll be ready to move on when need be.

  • Beeoriginal7

    The message is the medium.

  • Simiantongue

    I’ve got an introversion streak a mile wide. Not only do I not care that people don’t care what I think, I prefer it that way actually.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      I kind of sort of agree with you.  I probably agreed more strongly with that perspective in the past than I do now, but I do still treasure my anti-social streak.

      In fact, I see my efforts at identifying with others as an extremely useful way to hone my introversion.  It provides a more meaningful context for my thoughts and opinions.  Without really understanding how others think, how could I know which thoughts were truly mine originally and which were just artefacts of propaganda or the zeitgeist?

      The critical difference, as I see it, between identifying with others for purposes of becoming a pack member and identifying for contrast is whether I’m willing to offend and challenge others or not.  I feel that my nasty, offensive, alienating behavior is much better directed nowadays.

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