#里茲螞蟻批判性思考寫作專欄 #Alex專欄 #外師每週精選閱讀
Do you pick up sushi with chopsticks or with your hands? How much wasabi and soy sauce do you use? Do you eat sushi fish-side-up, or fish-side-down? Does any of this really matter? Although these questions are reminiscent of the famous Dr Seuss book The Butter Battle Book that pokes fun at the arbitrary values which people claim to hold dear and which end up escalating from petty disagreements to full-scale warfare, according to many people’s comments online, seemingly harmless and unimportant details of etiquette like this are of the utmost significance.
This type of article is deliberately written in a tongue-in-cheek manner to elicit reader’s reactions but in this case it has seemingly touched a nerve for many people who do not appreciate being told how they should eat sushi. It is highly likely that the author intended to provoke this level of reaction in order to draw more clicks and interaction with their article in the comments section, yet the general tone in many of the comments below illustrate an important point that we have been looking at for a couple of weeks now – that many people do not appreciate having so-called authorities’ opinions forced on them since it smacks of authoritarianism.
A very high percentage of the reactions are dismissing the beliefs expressed by the sushi restaurant owner as being wrong, in many cases because they live in or have visited Japan, or know someone Japanese, which in their eyes adds more authority to their own observations, eating methods or beliefs than those of a non-Japanese employee of a restaurant that serves Japanese cuisine in countries other than Japan. Then again, some enlightened commenters dismiss the whole argument as a moot point that is purely based on personal preference, like whether you should wear your hat backwards, eat pizza with a knife and fork, or fold or scrunch toilet paper.
What should be most disconcerting to rational thinkers concerned about the mindless acceptance of fake news by many fellow citizens, is that the vast majority of commenters completely ignore the very glaring error made in the article. Can you spot it, or are you also blinded by your emotional response to the petty argument over opinion?
上面的貼文內容是我們的實力派外師Alex，針對每週一篇英文文章閱讀後，親自寫出的批判性思考文（不是copy & paste的東西啊）。旨在讓同學知道如何用不同的角度來讀文章。你可以選擇先讀Alex寫的批判文，也可以選擇先讀本次的英文文章連結，但最好兩處都要閱讀才能達到最好的效果。
Alex是我們的御用老師，每週都會幫梅姨、托托、慕華上英文課。目前星期一晚上有開一班 #里茲螞蟻外師應用英文課程 ，程度高級，充滿知識性與深度。有開放單次付費上課。若你想學習用英文來深度探討各項主題，check it out！