Someone once told me that life was too short to read bad books. It's good advice, really, one that I take ever-more to heart (as my life grows ever-shorter), and can apply to many areas of life (food, friends, clothing). But maybe it doesn't go far enough.
There is an interview in Salon today with a film-maker who claims Fox News "brain-washed" her dad.
Whether we call it "brain-washing" or not, the ubiquity of the media, which is designed to arouse our emotions while bypassing our frontal cortexes, powerfully shapes our world views.
It makes me reflect on how young men who spend hours a day steeped in the "manosphere" are being taught to hate women. I know many of them will say they only read bloggers like Roosh or Heartiste for their entertainment value, or to pick up "dating tips," but a steady diet of the manosphere is gonna take its toll on their psyches. Hell, reading some of those blogs has taken a toll on my psyche, and I am an extremely critical -- nay, hostile -- reader. All that loathing of women! How can I not internalize some portion of that even as I dismiss it for the garbage it is? How can it not make me feel just a little less safe and a little less worthy?
Nowadays, it's all about filtering our information, and making a continuous, conscious attempt to swim away from the sources of toxic input.