'I don't know' is the last bastion of the ignorant in an iPhone, information-heavy 2018

Normally I don’t like bogarting a topical joint like this but when it comes to internet immediacy, but there plenty of strains here. Whether it is what CBDs are, what bogarting a joint means, or what the Soldiers of Odin are all about. In these days of the Internet - opinions are a mile a minute: until they have to be backed with something like facts. 

Well, the fact is, saying the words "I don't know anything about (anything), is quite the last bastion of the ignorant. Don't know? Learn. Look it up. Or get out of the way, people with the answers are coming - everyone with a iPhone. 

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You can’t beat the immediacy of the internet – in this world of immediate news, and immediately wrong, when something hits social media, sometimes you can’t beat it. I love it. The answers are solved in real time. Other times they are off. Way, way off. 

Sometimes it is missing keys left/found in a local parking lot that are returned to their owners. Others it is simple questions, answers, and debate.

Immediacy.  Earlier this year, during the wintery months of February, bloggers were reporting a crash accident collision closed the Alaska highway. Others say snow drift. Others say a truck crashed into a snow drift and blocked the highway. This was all in the amount of time it would take to start the car. I mean literally turn an ignition. 

Immediacy. So it goes earlier this year, someone asked about Compass Cannabis location in the mall. It had been reported. We have had columns that touch upon the march towards legal days, education and medical benefits.

In less than 24 hours there are more opinions, angles, and most importantly, information, than any news organization could claim to research in a week. Despite the real answers from Compass, and others, being right on the Internet. It's easier to mouth run and then play stupid, than it is to be consistent on the Internet. Although, in a way, I guess that is consistency. 

Within minutes the discussion was on, and within 24 hours and upwards of 200 comments, the thread was shut down. Another one was sparked up and the information kept rolling on in. 

As I said, I love the internet. Spilling from these comments was the idea of the “Reefer Madness” propaganda film from the 1930s. When you want to know more, check it out. Reefer Madness is a fantastic piece of filmmaking. Immediacy. I wanted to watch it so I hit www.youtube. Nice. 

Reefer Madness, also known as The Burning Question, or Tell Your Children, starts with a Star Wars-like crawl. It alone is an amazing piece of work.

It was a 1936 American propaganda exploitation. Many note the film pushes the agenda that once you try marijuana, youth are then likely to commit manslaughter, suicide, and attempted rape.

As per the internet, the film was directed by Louis Gasnier and starred mostly unknown actors. Today, it is in the in the United States and is considered a cult film.

The opening crawl. Set it to John Williams Star Wars theme in your head. It works.

 “Marihuana is that drug – a violent narcotic – an unspeakable scourge – “

“It’s first effect is sudden, violent uncontrollable laughter..”

“Space expands-time slows down, almost stands still…. Fixed ideas come next,”

Imagine listening to your favorite record on vinyl mono. Now in 5.1 surround sound. New details to be found, to be sure. 

Anyone productive on the Devil’s Lettuce will say time does stand still because they get more work done. Of course, if you never leave the couch and watch television all day like my man Floyd from True Romance, time also slows down, almost stands still, don’t it? Perceptions. Reality.

By the end of the Reefer Madness crawl, users apparently are subject to committing “acts of shocking violence … ending often in incurable insanity.”

I was going to break down the crawl with what is true and what is not. There is no need.

Here’s the thing – the entire film opens with this:

 “the incidents and characters portrayed in this motion picture are purely fictional…”

 It says so tight and bright, right in the opening. People didn’t catch that part in 1930’s when the film came out. Most have not caught on in 2018.
Yet there it is, if you saw it today, not true. Not #fake #news, just clickbait for the ignorant.  


Until next time...     

Managing Editor Rob Brown   


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