It was always assumed that having The Internet, 24 hour cable news channels, having all the current news and information at your fingertips was a good thing….That the information age meant that we would be more enlightened and it would also be harder for governments, corporations etc. to hide their actions from people.
This has been proven to be only partly true….While that information is out there so is a lot of noise-nonsense theories, hollow journalistic vanity, media spin, misstatements of fact etc.
The effect has not been what was intended using America as an example….Instead of producing a more well-educated populace as the sole outcome, there is also been the further establishment of a culture of know nothings – The American habit of believing in something that has been proven false such as Obama being a Muslim who wasn’t born in the US or that Iraq had something to do with 09/11.
There is just a lot of static out there. It’s just like tuning into a radio station that is perhaps too far from where you are and trying to find it at its most listenable among the scratches, hums, and bits and pieces from other radio stations that interfere with reception.
When information is delivered this way, the response of those who analyze it should be deliberate. There may be not only more than not only one side but whole other versions of what you are interpreting.
I would specifically like to talk about the Shirley Sherrod case….When watched as a whole her video is not racist at all….In fact, it is the sharing of someone who has risen above racism, the worst imaginable case of racism, and no longer bearing a hard bitter heart (which would be very understandable in her case as her father was shot in the back when she was young by a white farmer who was acquitted by a jury)
I don’t want to waste time criticizing Fox News, Breitbart etc. They are what they are- right wing racist scum and every action they take reveals this.
However, I was extremely disappointed by the shellshocked frazzled Obama administration’s response to this and specifically how they treated Sherrod….I think a few heads should roll starting with Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture and failed presidential candidate….He needs to go-big time!