There is nothing like a 1,535 word argument railing for people to chill out and not get worked up about the MVP vote. Maybe Geoff hasn’t been around too long. Arguments about the MVP didn’t start when the Internet was created. It’s baseball, not life and death. And most people, as heated as they may seem, know the difference.
They say the youth is wasted on the young. Along those lines, I’m starting to think the internet is wasted on the…um, the intelligence-challenged. I mean, we have this great tool at our disposal, a treasure trove of information sharing at our fingertips, and we use it to become dumber, not smarter.
Exchanging ideas? No, let’s be honest. We use the internet to take our own ideas, seek out anyone who agrees with them, then dismiss out-of-hand those who don’t. We use it to insult the other side and never consider what they’re trying to say.
Somebody brings up a valid point worth considering? Hey, just switch web sites (or news channels) and go to one that tells you exactly what you want them to. It’s a great way to grow one’s mind.
It’s landed our country in fantastic shape, as evidenced by the last half-decade of economic turmoil, not to mention a really fun election campaign in which serious issues were properly vetted and considered.
And that same line of thinking, on a much lesser scale, has led to a marvellous discussion over the merits of Miguel Cabrera versus Mike Trout in the AL MVP debate. In case you hadn’t heard, Tigers slugger Cabrera won it tonight with 22 of 28 first-place votes.