Tools For Modern Citizens

from Seth’s Blog

It has taken us by surprise, but in our current situation, when everyone has more of a voice and more impact on the public than ever before, it suddenly matters. You wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic who didn’t know how to fix a car, and citizens, each of us, should be held to at least as high a standard of knowledge.

Everyone around us needs to know about:

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  1. This brief blog basically stresses the importance of knowledge in a world where all the information we would ever need to know is quite literally at our fingerprints. The greatest enemy to each and every person is ignorance. Whether that be ignorance of how propaganda is spread, the mechanics of global weather, or the basics of the germ theory of disease – to name a few from this post – the general lack of knowledge can prove to be detrimental to us and the people around us. The first example that came to mind when I read this blog was the vast amount of false information that people spread about the COVID-19 virus, especially in its earlier stages. All it takes is a few people – or for example, the former president of the United States – who do not conduct legitimate research or intentionally ignore scientific truths and decide to perpetuate lies, and you can end up still being stuck in a pandemic that should have ended over a year ago. The main point that I am getting at, from what I understood from this post, is that all people have the most basic responsibility of learning about relevant topics and concepts, to help prevent potentially avoidable conflicts in the world.
    While it’s unrealistic to expect every person to be experts in the topics listed in this blog, it is crucial that we all can, at the very least, understand the fundamentals of each of these globally-relevant topics. As Seth Godin, the author of this blog post stated, “If we don’t understand these fundamental components of how the world works, our actions may undermine our goals as well as the people around us.” Simply put, it is counterintuitive for anyone to avoid doing research because progress is inevitable. With anyone that has a smart device having the ability to post whatever they want on social media platforms, or anywhere online, it is important that they know what they’re talking about. As explained in the example I provided earlier, it’s all too easy for our access to digital platforms to be seen by the public and have a negative effect. This world will never stop evolving and it’s ultimately a choice for every person to continue to evolve with it or to intentionally fall behind and poison the rest.

  2. I really like the messaging of this blog post. I agree with the author that humans need to educate themselves more on certain topics. Not only should humans know the basis of issues and history of them, they should be able to have intellectual conversations with each other about these issues. These conversations can help change people’s perspectives and educate them in aspects they are unfamiliar with.
    For the most part, I agree that humans need to know about the things he listed. The one point I feel that someone could argue that humans do not need to know a crazy amount about is germ theory. Germ theory is a much more complicated theory than the name suggests. It is not just about how germs are bad. While I would not make the argument against the author that people should not know about germ theory, I would understand why someone would argue that it does not belong on the list with the other topics.
    Later on in the blog post, the author says, “Either we are the makers of our future or we’re the victims.” I think this quote is very interesting. I think that while all humans should know about the topics he listed, the author is being overdramatic about the fact that some people may not know the specifics about some of these issues. This era for people my age has not been hard at all compared to some of the historical events that older people have suffered through. And while I think the education of these ideas or issues would help if or when a conflict occurs, that will not be the reason we are victims or fail in those dreadful scenarios.
    Despite me disagreeing with this point, I like how this post ends. The message at the end is typical yet important and true. I also like that after the pessimism with the last point, he closes his post by being positive. With people seemingly being more negative since the pandemic, it is great to hear someone that wants to educate others instead of bash them for not knowing enough about these issues.

  3. I think this news is very important because it makes us realize that knowing how things work allows you to know the world. All religions, philosophies and science itself agree on one thing: There is a world beyond the obvious, the senses are not everything. If you want to understand the world, you have to look beyond. It is not enough to use a blender, you have to know how the blender works.
    Moreover, this allows you to make better decisions because once you know how things work, you can better decide what to do or what not to do and with what to do it. If you know how lungs work, you are more likely to decide not to smoke. If you know how the microwave works, you won’t be afraid to use it. If you know how a vaccine works, you won’t be anti-vaccine. And so on. Knowledge is power, but not in an abstract sense. In a very concrete and real sense. Understanding how things work allows entrepreneurship because it allows you to see what things can be improved. And not only entrepreneurship in a business sense (which is also true), but also in a spiritual sense or in the sense of relationships with others.
    This article reflects the importance of being open to other people’s ideas and thoughts, because by being biased and predisposed to the opinions of others, we are losing perspectives that can help us understand the world better. If we could accept or at least try to understand others, we could learn a lot from those interactions. Often the problem is that we believe that we ourselves are the only ones who are right and somehow the “truth” of things, when in fact we are not. Human selfishness robs us of the possibility of living in a better world and causes our actions to harm not only ourselves, but society as a whole.

  4. In regard to my response, I will be purely responding to the, from my understanding, an excerpt from a longer blog, as I am unable to open the more here link properly.

    This short excerpt from “Seth’s Blog” is a very important piece of information that we all must keep in our minds as people who live in the twenty-first century. Due to the major advancements in technology over the past fifty or sixty years, information about essentially anything we could think of is at our fingertips any time we need it. Unlike generations before us, we have an extremely easy and accessible way to reach the general public, and that way is through social media. Both of these things are very useful and influential to society today and allows the everyday person to reach a broader audience as well as a broader horizon of opportunity. Furthermore, I feel this is what this short excerpt is about; saying that people can have as large of an impact on society as they want, whether it be for the right reasons or not is up to them. Additionally, people must know how to navigate through all of this new information and ways of communication if they want to succeed and prosper. Seth says, “You wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic who didn’t know how to fix your car, and citizens, each of us, should be held to alt least as high a standard of knowledge.” I feel as if he is speaking to educating yourself and becoming aware of the people around you. As well as, knowing who to go to for certain things and who you can’t trust in an age of things becoming public in a blink of an eye with the “help” of social media and modern technology. Taking all of this information into consideration, I feel as if these new forms of technology and communication, although can be hurtful or damaging, is for the majority a good and valuable improvement to society as a whole. I feel this way because, in my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives. Meaning the opportunities that social media and modern technology bring to us are extremely important and can push needed social movements to help induce change.

  5. This blog is very informative because it stresses the importance to us humans of becoming aware of the changes happening in our world right now because they will become our future. I enjoy how he gives a list of hyperlinks to a few important issues to further research and gain knowledge of. One that stood out to me was that he put Artificial Intelligence and we as a class just wrote about its power of creating deepfake content in our TID. I think it is important to note that he says “the good news is that these are all skills, they can be learned and its imperative that we teach them to others”. The significance of artificial intelligence can vary which was presented in an article I read by Frank L Ruta explaining that “AI also has the potential to enable promising technologies like driverless cars, tools for rapid scientific discovery and digital assistants for medical image analysis”. The benefits show that AI technology can be very useful in the future in making our world more efficient with new products but some of these skills can also have risks, especially AI. For example, AI technology is able to create deepfake content which is something impacting social media platforms and individuals’ mental health very negatively in recent years. Another point I do not agree with in this blog is the fact he brought up propaganda being a skill we need to know because I feel a is propaganda is social media based and kind of under the topic of deepfake content in a way that it is misleading of an individual. Instead of describing it as a skill we need to learn, I think he should have said we should learn about its effects and how it can negatively impact X person or reputation. The world will continue to change and evolve so I think it is almost impossible to make people aware of everything that goes on because one day, it can just be eliminated and replaced with another thing. Education about these topics definitely would not be a bad thing, but we should know both the pros and cons of each and not just see them as a useful skill because some of them can be very harmful in their use. I think the borders message of this blog was to remind people of how important it is to know what ig going on around the world around us and how to use the new skills presented to us to protect us from losing sense in a constantly changing world.

    https://www.economist.com/open-future/2018/09/10/do-the-benefits-of-artificial-intelligence-outweigh-the-risks?utm_medium=cpc.adword.pd&utm_source=google&ppccampaignID=17210591673&ppcadID=&utm_campaign=a.22brand_pmax&utm_content=conversion.direct-response.anonymous&gclsrc=aw.ds&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgribBhDkARIsAASA5bu_a5k68mR6nbTICAx83Qclkx4qyn0ckA77JqdxDlz7860_iMLI28EaAqPjEALw_wcB

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