Publicly Relevant Reality


Definition of RELEVANT

a : having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand

b : affording evidence tending to prove or disprove the matter at issue or under discussion <relevant testimony>

c : having social relevance

  There are some people who think misleading information is okay as long as it brings attention to a subject or furthers the cause they are championing. That is dangerous thinking IMO. When you give incorrect data you risk putting us into a harmful situation.  The modern anti vaccination movement is a good example.  The claim autism was linked to vaccinations started from incorrect information provided by Andrew Wakefield, and was then promoted by Jenny McCarthy.  This incorrect data and the reaction to it has caused many children to become ill or even die when they could have avoided being sick with vaccination shots.  It is better to always be a honest as possible when presenting data for people to consider.
 Having said that I will provide a link to a survey on Intimate Partner
and Sexual Violence done by the CDC.
  We have a problem with violence on other humans, no matter the gender. That’s a fact. A person only needs to pay attention to the news and the world around them to see this is true. These numbers support those observations.
 Now what? Well to the dismay of those who want to claim women are the only victims of violence due to the patriarchy, or the people who think that men are the only ones who are demonstrating violent tendencies, there is much more to it than that. Yes, women are victims and men are victims too. I think we would be better off acknowledging the fact that many people are too comfortable with violence, or it comes up as a acceptable option far too often.
  I’m not going to blame it all on the media, bad parenting, or music. I am going to make people aware of the problem in a reasonable responsible manner. I am going to present accurate data that come from credible sources. I am not going to present whatever study matches my vision of what should be rather than what is. If your cause isn’t important enough that you can’t be honest in supporting/defending it it isn’t that important to you in the first place.
 Anyone who writes a blog, makes videos, or records podcasts that give an impression of providing facts need to make sure they are doing just that. Disinformation helps no one in the long run. When you are listening to someone provide statistics find out where those statistics came from and who was involved in the survey, study, poll, or census.  Are there any conflicts of interest?  Do the people collecting the data have anything to gain from the results? How big is the sample? A poll of ten people is not going to be as accurate as a thousand people being asked. pay attention to the way the results are presented. If I ask one person if they like the color blue and they say no. Then I can say 100% of the people surveyed don’t like the color blue. Numbers alone are not proof of anything but they can be very helpful.
 I know some of you are going to be thinking “duh” as you read this and there was a time when I assumed a large percentage of those involved in skepticism would already know too. As it turns out, that data was wrong.