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Playboy deputy editor riles up our armchair opinionators

January 17, 2011 |  2:52 pm


Playboy's deputy editor, Stephen Randall, joined our Opinion pages Sunday with an Op-Ed about the current state of opinion oversaturation, which subsequently riled up our armchair opinionaters who've taken to our discussion board with opinionated comments about their right to opine.

imissreagan1911: Author Stephen Randall is hilarious.  Never heard of this person -- the deputy editor of Playboy.  Claims to be more intelligent then the rest of us and thinks that we have no thoughts worth sharing.  

Wigboldus: Oh, I see. We need to go back to the "good old days" when the media were the gatekeepers on information and opinion.  

susangate: Oh the liberals will tell you that is no measure of quality, and just means more people are stupid, uneducated rubes. The liberals are afraid to admit the majority of people don't think like them and don't want their agenda. So calling the majority of people stupid just shows how smart they are, don't you know...wink wink.

the gods must be crazy: I love an opinion dedicated to telling everybody else they have too many opinions, their opinons are unintelligent, and thus somehow invalid.  Classic.  

Allen Osborn: Allow me to opine:  I find it strange that the old-guard (newspapers) don't want anyone else to have opinions.  I guess they have entitled themselves to be the lone thinkers -- but that's just my opinion. 

RonaldGeiken: I only hear a small portion of all the opinions going around, and am not concerned about whether they are political correct or not. After all we have Free Speech which is a precious commodity. I have better things to focus on than whether there are too many opinions out there. Who is to decide whether an opinion should be allowed? Just because liberals don't pay attention to conservative opinions in the media doesn't mean that they don't pay attention on Election Day. The people have spoken for the moment, and things are going to become different than the Status Quo of the recent past. Actually it is interesting to read the comments whether they are ultra liberal or ultra conservative or somewhere in the middle. I don't enjoy reading flippant comments that don't make any sense. Any opinion should be back up with the facts!!!! 

jack43: I had a hard time getting past the first line of this editorial: "You think too much." Actually, I think that we don't do it enough. We substitute opinions for thinking, especially other's opinions. What's worse is that parroted opinions are at the high end of discourse, especially in discussion threads following on line editorials and news items. Many simply cast bromides, platitudes, and superflous cliches at each other's opinions like stones thrown at windows and we end up with public discourse degenerating into public vandalism.

GregMaragos: For those experiencing acute vexation or ennui over the deluge of high-octane arguing and opining that goes on in our headache-inducing 24-hour news cycle, please forgive me as I once again point out the obvious:

Modern televisions are equipped with two fool-proof safety devices that enable viewers to filter out any and all offending material, so as not to annoy the adults or corrupt the children.

1) The Channel Changer

2) The on/off switch.

Go fishing.  You'll feel better. 


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