How many times have we seen the exception to a rule pushed as the generalization? In discussions, people will often cite the "except shown" and expect others to accept that exception as generally true. We see this with stereotypes and myths about different groups of people. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri challenge you to stop regurgitating other peoples' ideas and take the time to think about relevant issues for yourself.
Topics discussed include Rush Limbaugh's statements about Shawty Lo's show being cancelled, whether we should take statements on their merit alone or factor the intent of the messenger into our interpretation of the statement, challenging us all to consider the rationale for the positions and stances we take, a bunch of people calling gun advocates "trolls" after listening to Rachel Maddow's on MSNBC, the conflict between claiming to want free speech and choosing to regurgitate other peoples' words, WhiteHouse.gov petitions, White House response to Texas secession petition, removal of a petition of Beyonce's participation in the inauguration from the White House website, Obama's award for transparency that he accepted in a closed-door meeting, the ineffectiveness of petitions, myths/stereotypes that are pushed and accepted as truth, Bishop Larry Trotter under fire for a photo of he and granddaughter in bubble bath, people being more offended by things people say (or by the appearance of something) than what they actually KNOW is happening, and more!