A quick rant about how to spot the lowly-educated, by that I mean those who do not understand that discourse creates reality, rather than the other way round.
You can identify the lowly-educated by asking their opinion (or often, unfortunately, being told their opinion) on current media events and news stories. One example is the controversy surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The lowly-educated will argue that:
- Madeleine McCann was killed, probably accidentally, by her own mother
- This must be true because the (tabloid) media report it thus
The lowly-educated will not question how the above two ‘realities’ have been constructed. The only facts are:
- there are no facts on the guilt or non-guilt of Madeleine McCann’s mother because the Portuguese legal system does not allow any information regarding an ongoing case to be published
- all that we have facts for is that both her parents now have ARGUIDO/ARGUIDA status which means:
- Officially a suspect
Bestowed by police or requested by individual
Right to remain silent
Right to a lawyer
Must report to police every five days
The lowly-educated will not take this into consideration in their assessment of the situation. The great majority of people is either low-educated, or is binarily (and often, well) educated with an easy, dichotomous world-view (elberry describes his encounter with one such person in his blog post here).
I don’t mind the lowly-educated, in fact I’m known to be friends with chavs (everyone should have at least one chav friend). However, what irritates me is when the lowly-educated have ‘opinions’ that are based on either popular discourse or on (tabloid) media hysteria.