Friday, July 11, 2014
James Madison Banned Religious Websites
Last night, while looking for the primary source of one of the frequently cherry picked passages of Madison, being frustrated that Google had, clearly, been screwed to yield pages and pages of atheists misquoting it, not to mention the Wikipedia that is totally unreliable, I thought that what we really needed was a search engine that wasn't so open to being manipulated by dedicated, not to mention fanatical, ideologues.
Then, this morning I saw this piece about how the convicted criminal Dinesh D'Souza had manipulated Google single handed, to promote his lies.
There is probably no algorithm that a Google can come up with that, once its manner of operation is known, can't be manipulated by ideologues to spread lies and propaganda...If that's the case then the internet, itself, is a big problem for democracy, since accurate and honest information is one of the absolutely required ingredients in making democracy. And since that's true, that kind of problem needs to always be kept in mind when using it as if it were a reliable source of information.
Indeed, given my abiding interest in finding primary sources to quash online idiocy, I lament the same things as The Thought Criminal. However, I'm not sure it's much different from pre-internet ages in that people have always made shit up, and at least many primary sources and scholars are available electronically.
PS--I'm curious as to which Madison passage you were looking for, Anthony. I have a couple guesses.
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The Memorial and Remonstrance one. I could have cited my blog but I was looking for a link I hadn't used for arguments sake. Everyone lies about "the founders" and what they said, fundamentalists, atheists, .... I wish everyone would get over "the founders" it's not as if they're God, after all. Not while Scalia occupies that position, that is.
Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Jul 11, 2014 9:28:02 PM
Oh yes, that's a goodun.
And yes, they were men, not angels. And I hear tell sometimes disagreed about shit, even after Madison brought the Constitution down from Mt Sinai.
Posted by: NTodd | Jul 11, 2014 11:02:24 PM