Reading online comments and critiques of Bill Nye’s new show, and it’s…excruciating. Turns out, no surprise, Reddit and 4chan hate it, because it’s ‘neomarxist liberal propaganda’ which basically means…it’s science.
What’s particularly difficult to bear is the number of people saying that they agree with Bill’s message, but hate that he didn’t give the ‘other side’ a chance to explain why they feel that way. They basically suggest that Nye failed to use this an opportunity to help people see a different approach and maybe change some minds.
Except that the it doesn’t work that way, you can’t offer up a mountain of evidence to a climate change denier, or an anti-vaxxer…I mean you can, but they can come back with a reddit comment about how when such-and-such research scientist was doing lab work for Stalin, they were studying the blade and are thus absolutely correct. Let alone that the outcome of these kinds of debates is expected to be that ‘facts’ trump all of these disagreements, that clearly the anti-vaxxer and climate denier only needed to be told about a research paper and they’d come around. Even if they don’t the expectation is for what? Nye and everyone to say ‘Dang, well, that is a great opinion and you deserve respect for having it…even if it doesn’t work with mine and which may actually kill people if allowed to prosper.’
God damned idjits.