Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, April 1, 2013

r/politics And How Libtards Project

For those fortunate enough never to have ventured onto reddit, r/politics is the main subreddit for discussing all things political. As such, the subreddit hosts a wide variety of political views from left-of-center to far-left-of-center to "OMFG! not even Stalin was that far-left-of-center!" As for anything slightly right-of-center, it gets downvoted into oblivion faster than you can say "Holy Confirmation Bias, Batman!"

So as you can probably guess, the lion's share of the subreddit consists of articles from such "reliable" and "unbiased" sources as the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Media Matters, and Think Progress. Again, anything slightly to the right-of-center gets downvoted into non-existence. After all, reality has a well-known liberal bias! (Or is it that liberals have a well-known reality bias? I can't tell anymore.)

With such an obvious political slant, making the subreddit a left-wing echo chamber, it would be grossly-hypocritical of anyone there to accuse anyone else of living in a "bubble" or "echo chamber" or "circlejerk" or any other half-baked metaphor for a place with a dominant viewpoint with little to no dissent.

But, of course, that's assuming that libtards are anything but hypocrites, which is why we find "le gems" like this plauging the comment sections:
Conservatives REALLY do not like to be disagreed with in any way, shape, or form. They prefer to have their own cocoon-like world to live in, complete with their own slanted news network (Fox), their own form of science (chrisitianity) and their own culture. They go really far out of their way to make sure they never come into contact with people who disagree with them or bring in points of view from the outside world.
The irony here is so painful that it rivals childbirth.

Ever heard the old saying about how "those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"? Apparently, these libtards never did.

I left a response to this comment which pretty much sums up my attitude towards this attitude:
Alright. That's it. I'm going to have to ask you to stop. Just stop. Right now. You are not fooling anyone. You are not open-minded and tolerant as you claim to be. You are not open to different opinions and viewpoints. You are not. You are not accepting of evidence that conflicts with your beliefs. You are not. You do not wish to acknowledge the fact that you may be wrong. You are not.

I'm sorry, but you cannot, I repeat, you cannot, criticize others of living in a "cocoon" or "bubble" or "echo chamber" where only their beliefs are heard and supported while engaging in this subreddit. You cannot. You cannot claim to hold the moral high ground in a subreddit were the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Think Progress, MSNBC, and Salon are considered reliable sources. You cannot. You cannot claim to be more objective when your very community downvotes and censors views that goes against the hivemind. You cannot.

You lot are not fooling anyone. You are only fooling yourselves, and in doing so, you make yourselves the fools.

Until we start seeing more diversified opinions and views in this subreddit, no one here can claim to be more open-minded and objective than anyone else. You cannot.
Knee-jerk reaction? Sure. Accurate? Absolutely!

Chances are, this reply will probably be downvoted into non-existence, which will do nothing else but prove my point.