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Let's meetup and discuss current events: the media and political correctness.

Let's get together with fellow Boomers and discuss the media and political correctness (two separate but linked issues). What do we mean when we use the term 'media'? After all, isn't one person's trusted news source another person's corporate sponsored bias machine? What are your sources of information? (We might learn in the discussion of new and different sources.) Is the current state of information in the US helpful or harmful to our democracy?

And what exactly is political correctness? Is it simply an idea with which you disagree? What can we do as individuals to encourage our children, family, and friends to listen to different sources and to different opinions? Opportunities:
Listen to the opinions of others; learn why they think the way they do.
Express your own opinions.
Learn some facts about where you can get information.
Rules:
Polite listening and talking will prevail.
This is not a debate and so zingers and shouting are not allowed.
Attendance is limited to twelve to encourage participation.
Future current events topics might include ISIS, immigration, job creation, etc.

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  • Carrie

    Good conversation in a comfortable setting

    1 · Yesterday

  • Cindy J.

    As always I really enjoyed the discussion and I learn so much from you well informed(even though it may not be factual, ha ha) folks. Thanks for the great info and leadership you provide as our host Greg!

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Marilyn D.

    Another very interesting and informative event hosted by Greg with very thoughtful discussion from all participants all with interesting viewpoints

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Louise B.

    Thanks, Greg! It was an interesting discussion! It was great to hear everyone's views on these timely topics!

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Greg S.

    Gee, what a great group and discussion. Boomers once again show their intelligence, interest, fun, and experience. Some may have some better words than the following concluding remarks. The group discussed the need for multiple sources for information; it appears that relying upon one source or even one 'slant' of source (all conservative, all liberal, etc) does not result in receiving trustworthy information about current events.

    The group also discussed political correctness as a means of increasing empathy for those with whom a person may not have had much contact. Put another way, a person should hesitate before labeling of people, groups, and behaviors with whom one has not had much contact. Or, walk in another person's shoes before jumping to label them. (I would suggest that political correctness is simply an opinion with which one does not agree. But not all would agree with that.)

    3 days ago

  • Wendy

    Thank you, Greg. I really appreciate your research and attention to detail. The group had some interesting things to say, and were a pleasure to listen to.

    1 · 3 days ago

  • JB

    Hi all,

    A good article came out in 1992 in Fidelio Magazine, a Journal of Poetry, Science,  and Statecraft, entitled: The New Dark Age - The Frankfurt School and 'Political Correctness'.
    The Frankfurt School was a communist think-tank also called the Institute for Social Research,  they were the Bolshevik Intelligentsia. The roots of political correctness goes back to them in the 1920's.
    Anyway the point is, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the university campuses here in our country now represent the largest concentration of Marxist dogma in the world,  have become overwhelmed by political correctness.
    Just do a web search on political correctness on college campuses and see what kind of jargon they want people to use. Start with the Ohio State University terrorist who went on a vehicle and knife rampage before being shot dead, he was a "social justice warrior" who had been studying a branch of political correctness "microaggressions" before the attack.

    1 · 3 days ago

  • JB

    Greg,

    Most of my news sources would be considered  "Politically incorrect", and I'm glad about it.  Political Correctness is a form of mind control if you haven't figured that out yet.
    Regarding the big corporate media, you see that after the election, in which they got it so wrong, that they came out with this notion of "fake news". That any other news aside from them would be "fake". Instead of coming clean about what happened they doubled down. They couldn't very well say they were in collusion with a certain campaign as the Wikileaks "Podesta files" showed.
    The effort to make all other news fake just because they have a different view is an effort at censoring; they are going to continue to fail.
    Our task is to know how to think and not accept just what to think. We have to look for inconsistencies,  contradictions,  anomalies to whatever whoever is trying to promote.

    4 · 3 days ago

  • Greg S.

    Everyone should bring along the names of their favorite sources of information. Or even better post them here and we can discuss them at the event.

    November 24

  • william

    Here are some of my sources from the over all best news source right now, most are under 12 minute or less.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYqH1FrG_Yg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2-F0QFoifY&t=324s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVQH-dYIzgg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WRsBmHid8w

    This last one is about 1:45 long, but it is also the most comprehensive.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc9OHBHtho8

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Greg S.

    As always, I suggest that we try to end the discussion thursday night on a positive note with how best to determine and evaluate media influences in our lives; and how best to consider the often opposite opinions to ours that people have within their 'living space'. And as always, let's spend the last fifteen minutes discussing the evolving Trump administration.

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Pablo

    I won't be attending despite Greg's great ability to keep everyone civil: I simply detest political correctness and believe it's clearly one of the most damaging influences to the rule of law, individual freedom and personal responsibility...

    1 · November 27

    • Greg S.

      We will miss your counsel on how best to think about and counter media shortcomings and political correctness in our lives.

      6 days ago

  • Wendy

    Pablo,
    You really should attend the meeting...you're so passionate about your convictions.

    1 · November 27

  • Pablo

    1 · November 27

  • Pablo

    Have you heard of the March Against Monsanto? If you only get your news from establishment media outlets, you haven't. Only the so-called 'alternative media' dares report such important events.

    And honestly, that should tell you all you need to know about the mainstream media, and why Americans' distrust of the media is at an all-time high. The MSM will cover wall-to-wall Trump "protest" events that are being staged and paid for by George Soros as real and spontaneous, but refuse to cover a genuine movement based on legitimate concerns about health and food.

    2 · November 27

  • Greg S.

    Do you rely upon any fact checking news sites? Which ones? Doesn't it seem that when someone refers to a fact checking site and finds that the 'facts' do not square with his or her opinion, that the person ignores the 'facts' and sticks with the opinion?

    1 · November 26

    • Tomaji

      Another form of "fake" news is the "light" or "no" news on things requiring serious investigative reporting, such as (one example): the rigging of the Democratic primary process against Bernie sanders which was apparently documented via exposed emails....little or no coverage by the "media" on this, yet this appears to involve very serious breaches of our election laws. There are some who feel a new form of fascism in America is forming, using the "hate speech" and "fake news" avenues to control what people will be able to say, in order to control speech. Political correctness is moving into "law", which is VERY dangerous IMO.

      2 · November 26

    • Pablo

      'Fake News' is a contrivance of the fakestream media that has completely lost control of every narrative... and now they're panicking http://www.naturalnew...­

      1 · November 26

  • Pablo

    Left-wing journalists who supported Hillary Clinton now celebrate the brutal dictatorship of Fidel Castro, a communist tyrant who ran death squads against political enemies http://www.naturalnews.com/056154_Fidel_Castro_brutal_dictator_left-wing_journalists.html

    November 26

  • Norman

    I just learned about this event. Too late to rsvp. I share my understanding of the media and politics: All are subservient to the financial/economic elites who buys power seats for their favorite candidates and give them platform to spew whatever elects them. They promise a lot, deliver little, if any to the majority but do everything to further the corporate causes/profits. The consequence is kicking major issues (structural changes in employment due to technology, climate change, nuclear confrontation between West and East) down the line until it all snowballs and lead to catastrophic event. The Founding Fathers had created a constitution to enable the society to cope with the changes through incremental change of direction. Since Reagan, system is not facing the issues and our recent election got us almost at each others throats. What solutions are available to our society given these facts?

    1 · November 3

    • suzan

      Greg, On the wait list. Thanks! Suzan

      1 · November 23

    • Greg S.

      Norman, if you had put yourself on the wait list, you would be attending by now. Folks' plans change and so it is always good to get on the waitlist, even now.

      1 · November 24

  • Greg S.

    Let's give a big Boomer shout out to our New Boomers: Glenda, Karen, and Carrie.

    November 23

  • Greg S.

    What is political correctness? Isn't it just an opinion with which you disagree? Who has been to college recently and has personal knowledge of opinions being suppressed?

    November 23

  • Greg S.

    One very interesting issue might be discussed. The conventional 'media criticism' is that it is corporate controlled and therefore unbelievable. But how about the rise of fake news sites that are not subject to any controls at all? Maybe the so called corporate media is looking better?

    November 20

  • Norman

    Political correctness: NOT going against the dominant direction set up by official policy-makers who may or may not be working for the best interest of the majority of the people or of a country but due to their position, are unshakable. Many reasons but mainly ignorance, lack of formal appropriate education (not understanding the structure of a social order and how it works/worked), fear/intimidation are some of the reasons why individuals are forced into political correctness (mostly subconsciously).... Interesting relevant topic: Social Construction of Reality....Political/social alienation.....Social atomization.....Forced isolation for policy/commercial benefits....1984.....The Animal Farm.....True Believer....History of civilization....Etc....

    1 · November 20

  • marlene s.

    Why not get on the wait list, Norman? I may not be able to attend....

    1 · November 16

  • Greg S.

    Well, the discussion of the media is certainly an important topic now that the media failed completely to understand millions of American people. This should be a fascinating conversation.

    November 9

  • Greg S.

    Next week, if all goes well, someone will win the presidency. What happens after that is anyone’s guess. Will we all be able to clean up the piles of lies and hoaxes that have been hurled so freely by citizens, politicians, and the media in this hyper-charged, fact-free election?

    Is the internet distorting our collective grasp on the truth? Many of us have burrowed into our own echo chambers of information. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 81 percent of respondents said that partisans not only differed about policies, but also about “basic facts.”

    For years, technologists and other utopians have argued that online news would be a boon to democracy. Has this been the case?

    November 2

  • Pablo

    Check out these interesting articles: http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2005/10/politically_cor.html
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/08/25/u-chicago-warns-incoming-students-not-expect-safe-spaces-or-trigger-warnings
    Hooray for the University of Chicago...btw, Hilary Duff (whoever she is) just had to apoligize for her pilgrim & indian Halloween costume....excuuuuse meeee???...we used to have the annual Thanksgiving play in grade school.....I was PROUD to be Squanto....

    1 · November 1

  • Greg S.

    By the way, parking at Genuine Joe's is plentiful. It has a large parking lot and convenient street parking.

    October 31

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