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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 23, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    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 world).

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 23, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    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.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    June 21, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    @ one vote,

    Check Twitter and I will check C-Span and get back.......LOL!

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    June 21, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    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.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    June 21, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    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.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 20, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    Ill Google for reviews, I like to decide for mt self.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 20, 2014 8:59 p.m.

    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.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    It depends... it's easier than ever to get correct information... but it's also easier than ever to get incorrect information.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 20, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 20, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 20, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    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 be.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    June 20, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    It's ruining establishment politics. But that is a good thing.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    I will check twitter and get back.