Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Atrios once again links to Blitzer which is always fun, but this time I think he misses the point. As I said in his comments section, democracy can not supply the answers to technical questions. Why do I care what Americans think about the effect on Al Qaeda of our invasion of Iraq, unless I know they are well educated on the subject, and I know they are not. Skewing the results of a Wolf Blitzer 'poll' doesn't matter much either: it's as useless celebrating the the knowledge of the few as it is celebrating the ignorance of the many.

"As an aeronautical engineer I would like to say that this plane as you've designed it will not fly."
"Opinions are like assholes: everybody has one."

Of course I voted, and I laughed while I did it, but laughter obscures the point, which is a need for education. Atrios does a better job at that than I do, so my criticism is minor, but it's still worth making.

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