Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ixnay on that Star Spangled Banner

It seems that academia thinks love of one's country over someone else's is a bad thing. How else to interpret this?
They wanted to see if the songs created a pro-social or an anti-social response. He said the preliminary findings showed that the patriotic songs had a negative effect on the participants, as shown through their responses to the survey's questions about other cultures and diversity. The patriotic songs made the participants close-minded and prejudiced. "Once they were in a patriotic point of view, they were less empathetic," Alvarado said. "They didn't put themselves in other people's perspective."
How is empathizing with North Korea and Iran working so far?