Monday, October 22, 2012

Believe what you like, Earth is still round

When it comes to politics, a lot of grumbling old conservatives are scoffing at blogs, Facebook, etc., believing/hoping they won't actually matter in this election. Many of the same Luddites also have little sense of how much the influence of newspapers has declined in the last 15 or 20 years.

Rushing into the resulting information void, talk radio was shaping a lot of political thinking at one time. That trend favored the Republicans. But trends rise and fall. More recently, it seems Democrats have been better at blogging and using Facebook.

The talk radio fans I know seem baffled, but they're still as pissed off as ever.

Then again, for decades many of the same conservatives have been carping so relentlessly about how the American press leans to the left that more Flat-Earth Republicans believe that flaky conspiracy theory than believe the moon landing was faked by the government.

When folks can accept that science is a bunch of opinions, stuff made up by godless elites, it certainly makes other handy conspiracy theories easier to believe.

What I’ve never heard explained is this: with the obvious exception of talk radio -- and Fox News, of course -- how in the world did a bunch of sneaky socialists and Yellow Dog Democrats manage to take over the mammoth corporations that control the mainstream media in the USA?

As mock pundit Stephen Colbert once lamented, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

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