Bullshit is Taking Over the World — It’s Epidemic; The Truth is Meaningless: Life Has Become a Bubble of Bullshit…

We live in a world of bullshit– its epidemic… people ‘just talk’, and they talk about things they know nothing about, saying whatever audience wants to hear and whatever makes them appear smart. Speaking plain bullshit has become a language for just about everyone, especially– social media, business, government, academic… it’s used to confuse people by replacing simple concepts with words that sound nice, but mean nothing…

To put it differently, bullshit is  empty of meaningful content, it’s just hot air… It’s new era of bullshit in workplaces… It was estimated that about four-out-of-five employees use buzzwords to keep up with colleagues, without ‘having a clue’ as to what the words mean.

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According to Lois Beckwith; it’s injecting this meaningless language into– websites, padcasts, webcasts, infomercials, textings, emails, meetings… bullshit language has tainted almost every interaction in workplaces, and beyond… Its become a sickness that has placed a stranglehold on the culture of work, affecting how people relate to and treat each other. It enables incompetence, iniquity and frankly, inhumanity… Language is merely a vehicle through which the bullshit is communicated…

According to Alberto Brandolini; the amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it in the first place (its Brandolini’s law)…

In the book On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt writes: Bullshit is taking over the world and it’s certainly become a staple of modern culture… and the stuff is piling up higher every day; social media, marketing, advertising, public relations… reeks of it. Politics makes it sound holy– bullshit consumes more and more of the informational oxygen in the room… The fact is bullshit rules… One of the most salient features of modern culture is that there is so much of it– public relations, social media, politics… are replete with instances of it so unmitigated that they serve among the most indisputable and classic paradigms of the concept…

Most people don’t have clear understanding of what bullshit is– when it starts or when it ends, or why there is so much of it. In fact, bullshitters misrepresent themselves not as liars, by deliberately making false claims about what is true but as ‘alternative to truth’,.. Hence, people accept it as truth…  Bullshit is more ‘insidious’ than lying because  while liars ‘substitute the truth’ but  eventually truth can be revealed… while bullshitters ‘manipulate the listener’ and have no concern for truth…

In the article Politics, Business, Education have Taken Over Bullshit by Victoria Heath writes: Bullshit is empty talk that has no reference to the truth and is produced with intentions to mislead and to benefit the bullshitter… Perhaps the paradigmatic example of this is the well-known boardroom game of ‘bullshit bingo’, where the challenge is for players to count up the number of empty buzzwords which are used during a meeting. Often they will be assigned a buzzword (e.g.; ‘value’, ‘quality’, ‘responsibility’, etc.). When a player’s buzzword is uttered during a meeting they are score a point. The player with the highest score at the end of the meeting wins…

What makes this game more than just entertaining is the fact that it points to the emptiness and disconnection from reality often present in management discourses. It suggests that vocabulary of management and bullshit are virtually interchangeable and mean very little… Often bullsitters goal is to say something without saying anything… to appear competent and respectful without concerning themselves with the truth… Reality thus becomes unidentifiable… It’s ubiquitous and it permeates, e.g.;  social media, politics, business, education, religion, even the news…

According to Harry Frankfurt; it’s everywhere; guard against it, reject it… combating it is simple: just don’t believe everything you– hear, read, see… ‘think’ more critically…

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In the article Guide to Neutralizing Bullshit by tylertervooren writes: Bullshit [bool-shit] noun, verb: foolish, insolent talk.. There’s a lot of it in the world and isn’t necessarily a good or a bad thing; it just is… Today, its ubiquitous part of society. The amount created, transmitted each day is so tremendous that it’s no longer a special event– it’s more or less part of every day life… In the modern world, people have developed a taste for unbelievable hype… Sensationalism, no matter how true or false, draws attention… it’s world of information overload, and what doesn’t get hyped, often doesn’t get noticed…

Combating malicious bullshitters needn’t be all that complicated– but, before you can fix something, you must identify the problem… Since bullshit is so prolific in today’s age, it can hit you from almost any angle, so being ready for anything is the best strategy, but that may be impossible. Instead, more realistic and decidedly less bullshit way to approach it is to attack areas where it’s most likely to disrupt your life… Here are a few examples that apply to most people:

  • Marketing and advertising: The average person sees thousands of Ads/day– social media, TV, newspapers… and he/she wants to believe some of the bullshit…
  • News and politics: Due to the human appetite for sensationalism, the flow of bullshit runs very deep in this sector of society…
  • Higher education: For all the good it does, higher education has an underbelly of bullshit created by intelligent people who are more concerned with prestige than truth…
  • Work: Bullshit is mostly benign, but during the hiring and firing, the amount of bullshit by both employers and employees can be overwhelming…
  • Social Media: It’s the hot bed of bullshit…

Bullshit has become an  integral part of life and it can even be fun and exhilarating… However, when it’s the malicious brand of bullshit that you must stand-up to,  and beat it down with as much truth and integrity as possible… Getting it right is critical. Attacking bullshit with more bullshit does not cancel the equation; it multiplies it…

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The best decision in a bullshit-prone environment depends on how important the outcome… According to Dr. Wobs; world has changed completely– truth and clarity are replaced by– malicious hedges, vague qualifiers, mixed jargon.. so that the only way to make everyone happy is to be politically correct, which means– muddy-up the text enough so it’s just all bullshit…