Some in the media just pine for the day when THEY could control everything the
American public heard, or knew was happening in Washington (and around the
Polarization comes with like-minded grouping.Take a look at the comments
on newspaper stories.But to the point here, the Internet has a
looooooong memory and can move lightning fast. Those two facts are enemies to
politicians.As we all know, you can find pluses and minuses about
just about anything on the Internet. Take a power tool for example. You can find
reviews that will talk you into or out of your purchase. And you never really
know if either side is a real or contrived review.
@ one vote,Check Twitter and I will check C-Span and get
It takes an interest and time to be a high-information voter.By
it's very nature, politics is contrasting points of view, which will
quickly turn off many people. "Contention is not a spirit compatible with
faith", or words to that effect.If the low information voters
are around people who agree on things, they're more likely to join that
agreement and vote. Examples: Voters in heavily LDS areas of Utah, voters in
heavy Democratic areas in big cities.If there is diversity of
opinions around the low information voter, good people who see the world
differently, the disagreement tends to lead to voter apathy and low voter
turnout. There are many, many important things in life that need attention,
sorting through political claims is not at all quick or easy.
The problem is not really that there is wacky, nonsense news and misinformation
on the internet.The problem is that so many people believe this
stuff. It seems that in the age of the Tea Party and Fox news, and yes Occupy
Washington and Alternet, lots of stuff gets put out that serves to inflame, not
inform. People are so gullible, and so easily manipulated. The proven fact is
now subjective. Rumor and innuendo is more important than objectivity.Sad age to live in.
Ill Google for reviews, I like to decide for mt self.
Basically, internet abuses are a continuation of the abuses seen in AM radio
since the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated during the Reagan administration.Anybody can say anything, no matter now false, and NEVER be challenged
or held accountable for it.Hey Anti-Bush Obama -"It's ruining establishment politics. But that is a good
thing.""Establishment politics?"Oh, you mean
the politics that helped make the United States the strongest, most successful
nation in the world?I'm not so sure that's a good thing.
It depends... it's easier than ever to get correct information... but
it's also easier than ever to get incorrect information.
I guess it all depends on if you think LESS information getting out there is
GOOD for the people...If you want there to be just one view of
what's going on (and it's controlled by the elites in the media)...
then yes... the Internet may be ruining politics (for you).But if
you LIKE diverse opinions being able to get out there (whether they align with
the narrative some what to dominate the airwaves or not)... then it's a
GOOD thing.But as with ALL expansions of liberty... we have to use
care, and we need to realize that some WILL abuse it. So you can't just
sit back and take in what their feeding you in this new world.
Let's see...Corporations and the Wealthy can buy anything they
want -- including politicians.and the rest of the 99% of us have the
internet.I say, NOPE!And this is precisely WHY a Free
Press [media] and Expression were part of Amendment #1 in the Constitution.
It's not ruining politics... but it's ruining the dark back room deals
that used to go on in secret (and now get exposed because people can expose them
on the internet when the Media is asleep).It also allows a lot of
baloney to get out there. So you have to do a lot of research before you
believe something you see on the internet. But that's the way it should
It's ruining establishment politics. But that is a good thing.
I will check twitter and get back.