July 31, 2004

Objectivism and media literacy theory are mutually exclusive.

Within an objectivist context, the mass media are studied to determine how closely an individual channel has adhered to facts; within that of media literacy, in what manner an individual channel has framed existing data to conform to and/or attract its target audience. Yet if facts are immutable, neither perspective nor frame nor the action of observing can alter them in any way (Heisenberg notwithstanding): manner of presentation can only ever tell the truth or lie, and a rational person should be able to discriminate between the two. Further, perfect and complete information can potentially exist, to be potentially accessible by any rational person.

Since perspective and interpretation have been rendered irrelevant, comprehension of the facts in an objectivist theoretical environment demands agreement between all who comprehend the facts. Conflict or contradiction implies that one or more among those who disagree have incomplete or inaccurate information, or that they have not analysed that information rationally (ie. correctly). Continued disagreement by others against the face of rationality carries with it an onus to control one's environment, including those of "lesser" understanding until such time as they come into full rationality ... at which point the agreement born of true understanding will render the need for such control irrelevant.

Given sufficient firepower with which to enforce that control until it will no longer be necessary (for the more highly irrational, being irrational, won't see or appreciate peaceful consensus and are entirely likely to express their disagreement violently; and it is rational to acquire the means with which to suppress such unnecessary violence - even in sheer self defence!), the rational, seeing person living in the land of the blind will be able to impose the perfection of absolute security within which their unenlightened fellow human beings may be able to grow, in sheltered safety, to true understanding. What other kind of world would it be rational to seek to create?

The philosopher kings have returned.

Smile of the day:

A new soldier on sentry duty at the main gate was given clear orders: no automobile was to enter unless it had a special sticker on the windshield. The first vehicle he halted for not having the sticker had a general seated in the back. The young soldier apologised to the general and his chauffeur, but "I am sorry, I can't let you through. You've got to have a sticker on the windshield."

The general told his chauffeur to drive on. The sentry warned that he had orders to shoot. The general repeated his order to the chauffeur: "I'm telling you, son, drive on."

The sentry walked up to the rear window and for the first time addressed him directly: "General, I am new at this. Do I shoot you or the driver?"

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