Politics and the Media. This is scary, but really quite obvious: the polarization of politics, driven by the media, is the most damaging hit to society in this country today. How do I know this? I don’t. I just said it in that dramatic fashion for sensationalism – which really is a serious problem and the point I want to get at.
Watch any news lately? Me neither. But there is a small percentage of people that do and for some strange reason there voices are the loudest. Everyone hears from someone who heard something on TV/radio that some pundit/politician had this idea/remark/criticism and it will/won’t fix the economy/healthcare/gay people. Ideas are good, criticism is good, destructive polarized debate is not though. It’s tiresome and ineffective, and it’s all that is ever created and covered by the media these days. It’s turning us against each other, during a time when people really should be working together and compromising. Even if the two ideas that need to be compromised together are shitty, at least everyone worked together in a peaceful manner to create a shitty deal. It’s the natural law of synergy: 1 + 1 = 3, and shit + shit = really shitty.
There is a point to be made here, and although it’s really quite redundant at this point, it needs to continue to be said: the people behind the media are just horrible human beings. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, but they use it to spread falsified information for profit (driving us home to Part I of this series) . It’s not that this type of journalism should be illegal, but there should be a disclaimer on it like a pack of cigarettes “May cause cancer of knowledge”.
I could really go on for days and days on this topic, but I don’t want to. It’s been done before, and I actually believe the majority of Americans do not buy into it. I believe the average person in this country is able to distinguish between biased, constituency driven news versus indisputable facts. Maybe I give people too much credit here, I really don’t know for sure. I do know the amount of energy and time wasted on shit-media could be served doing things so much better for society; and that is just heartbreaking when you really think about it.