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I'm in danger of causing family problems, I guess.

My mom sent me a politically charged assertion via chain mail, saying that I should be incredibly angry about a political action. The action was indescribably false, not from a political standpoint, but from a "what's being described didn't actually happen" standpoint. But the message had giant capitalized letters screaming about how important it is to stop one of the political teams from destroying everything.

This affects me in a profound way. It upsets me. It hurts me. I don't like it when people try to push their political opinions on me. I am enraged when somebody uses blatant untruths to do so.

I posted on Facebook that people should do this, and that I am angry because of it. My sister responded, essentially saying that my mom is too dumb to know better, and if I complain, it will make her cry.

I find this unacceptable.

If you are passionate enough about something to try to spread word about it it big honking capital letters to everyone on your email list in an attempt to change or solidify the opinions of others, you should be passionate enough to know that it is truthful. I'm sure if I found some opposite political opinions and started sending it to the list, even if they were based on facts, then I would piss people off.

I don't do this, because I don't like pissing people off.

Somehow, I am pissed off despite my eternal an ongoing efforts to not piss people off.

I really wish I could just auto-blacklist people from my life for pushing political agendas. But I like people, and people whom I specifically like tend to do these things.



tl;dr: I'm profoundly sad right now.

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alphawench
Feb. 6th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Perhaos you can talk to your mother. Assert that you follow politics on your own, and you'd prefer not to receive these calls-to-arms from her. Don't dispute or debate her opinion, just let her know that you prefer to learn about such goings on, on your own terms, not in emails while you're trying to, say, relax after work, or handle something at work that might be stressful.

Good luck!
manderx
Feb. 7th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
I noticed that in the last several years, some intelligent friends have had crack headed ideas, especially about politics. Especially involving things to be worried about. I didn't realize why, until last november, after I had been on facebook for about three months.
Most people will see opposing viewpoints from reliable sources and realize that it's not a black and white issue. Usually people will choose a moderate point of view.
In the past, there were a finite number of media sources that self regulated each other... if once source became too extreme in it's views, it became discredited.
But with the internet, people get to choose what types of news sources they want to read. Also, to compete with the internet and bring news faster to everyone, the media has switched from reporting facts that they have investigated, to reporting that there are reports that x and y has happened. What this has lead to is many media sources echoing that same news and opinions. What this means, is that if you have a bias in the media you read, you will be hearing the same things from multiple sources. Hearing the same things from different sources all the time convinces people that what they are hearing is true, and who they are hearing it from is a reliable source. And since your friends are receiving the same news, your friends will believe the same things.
Now, factor in what sells news papers. Sensationalism.
When these "trusted" sources suddenly say that some horrible thing is happening, and they all need to work together "Now!" to stop this horrible thing from happening, and you need to do this... People will panic and do it.

And while I really don't like these media groups, what gets me upset is when smart people I know start pushing this sensationalism.
You best bet is to ignore it, or ask her privately not to forward political stuff. You just need to do it nicely.

Just to give you an idea of some of the sensationalism:
If you can parse legal speak, look at the NDAA and it's supporting documents. You'll see it's a joke.
There has been a resurgence of several diseases that had almost been eradicated; because of all the bad medical news about vaccines causing autism, based on one study by a doctor who has since been disbarred for falsifying his data.
If you read SOPA, it requires the service providers to make an 'effort' to stop foreign sites from infringing on IP rights. Meanwhile, without SOPA, the US just seized 17 us domain names selling fake NFL merchandise a day before the superbowl.
"Congress is going to ban birth control."
"Global warming will be irreversible by 2010."
"Silicone breast implants cause cancer."
"It will be at least 10 years before any of our measures to reduce CFC's will have any effect on healing the hole in the ozone..."
"Dark matter really exists."
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