Acausality in action
Posted by aogWednesday, 07 January 2009 at 15:36 TrackBack Ping URL

The mind of the modern journalist is opaque to me. Via Harry’s Place is this article in The Atlantic by Jeffery Goldberg. The main thesis is that journalist focus obsessively on the moral failings of Israelis and the Israeli government, and that as a result don’t report accurately and often collaborate with Hamas to stage anti-Israeli propaganda in horrible and disgusting ways.

Then Goldberg notes, in a parenthetical remark, that

Israel stupidly won’t allow foreign reporters into Gaza

Did Goldberg not read his own writing, which might provide some non-stupid basis for Israeal doing that?

I think I will start a series on “acausality”, the mental affliction which causes people to forget that all actions have consequences, that all effects from from a cause. Acauslity isn’t someone not realizing a specific cause and effect relationship (we all have our little blindspots) but an apparent lack of the very concept of cause and effect generally demonstrated (as in this case) by discussing clearly and explicitly a cause or effect and then blithely ignoring it as a cause or effect.

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Andrea Harris Wednesday, 07 January 2009 at 23:42

The media’s treatment of its targets is just so indicative of a number of psychological ailments. It’s like this: when it comes to Israel (and to a certain extent, the United States and Western Civilization in general) the media is like the abusive husband who cheats on his wife with various floozies and badmouths her as a slut and a bitch, who then comes home and beats her up because she isn’t nice enough to him and accommodating enough of his wishes. And if anyone dares call out the husband on his behavior, he is astonished that anyone sees anything out of the ordinary about it.

Harry Eagar Friday, 09 January 2009 at 14:56

IDF restrictions of journalists are exactly the same as DoD restrictions of journalists during Gulf War I.

The supine behavior of the reporters — and, even more so, their editors — was one of the blackest episodes in American newspapering since I’ve been doing it.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 09 January 2009 at 17:36

Here is another moment of a supine journalist imposing his own restrictions.

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