Dann757 wrote:Look how we all fight amongst ourselves. We take a side and fight for it by typing on our comfortable keyboards in our comfortable homes. I want to try to rise above it, but it aint easy. Left wing statements make me shift from right of center to really right wing. Maybe it's population control instigated by the mass media. Set us against ourselves.
I like the right wing guys, my left wing friends won't listen to or agree with them. I like O'Reilly, Beck, Rush.
Hear, hear! Only I'm on the other side; I watch Stewart, Colbert, and Rachel and can't believe how people with more than a 3rd grade education could buy the crap that Beck, Rush and O'Reilly are peddling.
But the bigger point is the indisputable fact that discord is the mother's milk of the modern media, whether broadcast, print or even blogs like this. If there's no fight, there's no news. We're losing our manners at a breathtaking rate, in part because the most unmannerly people are making the news. I went to a couple of the health-care forums -- on both sides -- this summer and what most struck me was that, if everybody but one lunatic behaved themselves for an hour and a half, the media would run to interview the screamer when it was over. Why? Because, in this information-saturation age, we cannot stay awake for civil exchanges; it takes a "siren" to get our attention. Sad.
Look, how did Vince McMahon build the WWF or WWE or WW-whatever-it-is? By taking a fairly boring sport (anybody remember "Fabiani's Mat Time" in Philly in the '60's? Snore.) and loading it with villains, super-villains, freaks and white-hats, all talking trash at 90 dB. How were/are our GI's trained to kill other human beings they don't know, people with families just like them, when our law forbids us to harm somebody who directly insults you? By depersonalizing them. Japs, Krauts, Russkies, Kikes, *censored*; it's so much easier to hate people you don't know when you can put a negative label on them. These are some of the less-fortunate remnants of our tribal past.
Libs? Wingnuts? Dittoheads? Too much of the media feeds this BS every day -- because they have to, or we won't tune in. And what seems to have been completely lost is the purpose for having such discussions: narrowing areas of disagreement. These days, whether in gov't or the media, people just make their arguments and call the other side names; nobody's interested in modifying or moderating their views in the least.
For me, while I'm glad to see that political discussion didn't cease here with Devil's exile and my summer break, I don't plan to engage in it here this season. My reasons are above.