Oh sure, reading is dying. The last paperboy is getting very old. The Medium is the MESSAGE but it is not that the West has become a sight and sound electorate again with no Shakespeare to bring truth to the people. The MESSAGE is worse.
Al Gore’s global warming hockey stick is a lot worse than a fake Picasso but not because it’s a fake. It’s what it says says about modern consumers of information. What’s worse than a fake Picasso is not even knowing Western academia was so eager to take full advantage of what it knew about its audience — We the People — what we’d become (that’s when academia abandoned the scientific method).
The ‘hockey stick’ graph by Michael Mann of Penn State became the poster child for the UN-IPCC and Al Gore-approved fake science of the AGW (human-caused global warming) movement because it was just what the teacher ordered in the new world of the ill-informed consumers of information. The hockey stick graph enabled academia to lay its evidence before our eyes to “prove” global warming is real, that it will destroy the Earth and that governments united around the globe must act now.
The AGW movement wasn’t stuck with the hockey stick, it desperately wanted that graph. It needed it to convince us. Not more filing cabinets full of junk science that we can’t read, and not with math that we don’t understand, nor with history that we don’t care about. The horrible MESSAGE is that we no longer have the courage to think meaningfully and have become meat for the brain-eaters of Western academia and we don’t trust honest scientists who won’t tell us what we want to hear. Sometimes the truth sneaks up unseen on cat feet and we should learn to feel the prickly whisker of reality on our bare ankle:
On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both. ~Stephen Henry Schneider, a once respected and (now deceased Stanford University climatologist turned global warming propagandist who before that warned of the looming catastrophe of global cooling, caused by humanity’s pollution which was triggering an ice age)
Compare the relativity of the knowing and purposeful fakery for a noble cause with an honest broker of truth like Freeman Dyson — a denier of fake climate science — who cannot tell a lie. That’s what it has come down to: an honest man must sometimes take a stand. Science has been so politicized that it is no longer self-correcting. Men of honor understand that. Dyson readily admits to what he does and does not know–e.g., he cannot understand how the media has been ‘brainwashed.’
We need more courageous people who will tell it like it is–e.g., “So I’m telling you, folks, we’re dealing in a genuine low-information universe. It’s perhaps worse than we even know.” (Conservative talk-show pundit Rush Limbaugh baring the naked truth March 20, 2013 about the phenomenon of the low-information voter)
Global warming alarmists are not called deniers but should be. The MESSAGE is that The Inconvenient Truth of Al Gore is more akin to The Scary Movie Show of Kim Jong Un; it’s nothing at all like real science and no one can deny it — except the global warming school teachers and politicians on the Left. The Consensus of Climatology cannot even question the sagacity of fake threats no matter how scientifically moronic they are because capturing the public’s imagination and getting loads of media coverage is all that matters.