Here’s an exchange between Arthur Goldwag and me on his Facebook page:
Kevin Davidson: I’m very glad to know that you found my site useful. I get so tied up with partisan birther[s] and anti-birthers that I lose track of the fact that sometimes real people read the site too.
Arthur Goldwag: … I am flattered that you count me among “real people!”
Not to say anything against the discussion community that has grown up around this web site, but there is a fundamental difference between what goes on here and what goes on in the “real world.”
In the real world there is a news media with professional journalists and fact checkers. They talk to real sources. They consult real experts. They access databases of information that aren’t free on the Internet. They get printed and appear on TV. What they say matters. None of that happens here.
In the real world, what the court says goes. Here someone can say Judge Malihi in Georgia didn’t know what he was talking about. In the real world his decision and its affirmation by the Georgia Secretary of State gets Obama on the ballot. On the Internet, someone can argue that “anchor babies” shouldn’t be citizens. In the real world, they get US Passports and they can run for President.
In the real world, you better not quote this blog on your college term paper, or the Wikipedia for that matter. References have to come from authorities, real authorities, not partisan bloggers with a US Flag on their web site. [I note that I have a US Flag on my web site.] Authorities publish real books.
In the real world the fellow who gets the most electoral votes and is certified by the Congress becomes President, and gets to live in the White House, and gets the President’s salary and gets to sign the laws that if we disobey put us in a real jail. Here somebody can say Obama is a usurper and that it’s birth certificate is a fake. They can claim to be an expert, but when they come crashing into the real world, they don’t get to testify in court. [In Georgia some crackpots got to testify, but the judge discarded their “unqualified” testimony.] When they don’t get to testify, they don’t affect the outcome of the trial.
In the real world there are concepts of law, reliability, expertise, and authority. We have none of that here. We’re just arguing. Whether we argue correctly or not and whether we argue well or not, doesn’t matter in the real world because this is not the real world.