Two Kinds of Ignorance in the Health Reform Debate

19 Aug

Okay, for starters, it’s probably a bit of a stretch to put “debate” in the title of this post. I think that that gives the impression that we’re talking about opposing views on the actual issues. We could be, but we’re not.

You see, as was recently explained to me by someone much wiser than I, there are two kinds of ignorance:

1. Lack of exposure to information.
2. Exposure to misinformation.

Either way, you don’t have the facts, because they weren’t given to you. In the first case, the consumer of information is at fault, because they have not done enough to educate themselves on an issue. In the second case, the consumer of information is of the impression that they are educating themselves, and the fault rests with the provider of the misinformation who is proactively and purposefully propagating ignorance to win political support. What kind of misinformation? Oh, just the run-of-the-mill garden variety nonsense that isn’t written anywhere in any of the 5 drafts of reform legislation in Congress.

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Posted by on August 19, 2009 in Uncategorized


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