I am easily influenced and I’ve learned I have to be careful when things are “close but just different enough￼”
One of my favorite examples is Prager U.
they are one of the few media that I blocked from everything
they are experts at taking a reasonable point but putting a slight spin to it – almost unnoticeable – and next thing you know you are agreeing with something you wouldn’t have otherwise.
I could tolerate it until they went after Hans Rosling – poverty and population guru and blast of the Internet with a metaphor with gumballs that completely twisted around Hans Rosling’s points and had entirely different conclusions.
It gained more traction and influence￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ and it wasn’t long before you only would see the gumball analogy, which is wrong.
it was so long ago that I don’t remember all the details but I realized them that if I wasn’t aware of rosling I would’ve agreed with them￼￼, as the differences were subtle but significant. ￼