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You know, Howard (and I am familiar with your crap detection kit which I will email you about soon),your comment here made me think of two things that were on my mind. The first is, we don’t need to deschool society completely (a radical move) as long as people have some internet freedom. My Phd research was about critical thinking, and in the 7 years I was doing it, the advent of social media and satellite TV(to a lesser extent) helped Egyptians question authority and see diverse worldviews, despite the oppressive state media and very oppressive uncritical schooling (though not always parenting). The second thing I thought of, though, is whether some (not all) people who are careful not to be active on social media are like that because of that society that discouraged it. This statement kind of contradicts with my first one… So it might be a generational thing. Maybe young people brought up on social media have fewer reservations, and need the crap detection support to wade through it all, and a building of their literacies, while the older people need to build some trust. It’s a big tension online, between skepticism and trust. I am a big fan of feminine approaches to critical thinking (and Edward Said’s philological hermeneutics, and Martha Nussbaum’s narrative imagination) all of which encourage trusting, believing, before doubting, critiquing (also i think Peter Elbow calls these the believing game and the doubting game). Oops, this is turning into its own article (need to think about it some more, though)