Well, you know how the rest of the saying goes. With the sonic boom-like expansion of the internet, it’s easier now than ever to share your opinions with people beyond your normal circle of friends and family. More often than not, you’re able to find someone with similar opinions on any number of subjects. The evolution of the blog has made that ability sky-rocket to new heights.
Of course one of the most wonderful aspects of being a citizen of the United States of America is the Constitutional right we have to free speech. Most people here know that the First Ammendment to said Constitution gives us the right to free speech and press. Meaning, anyone can share opinions with the world and say pretty much anything, within reason.
Of course that doesn’t hold anyone liable for misleading anyone at any time. At no other time is this more prominant in our minds than during an election year. I’ve heard many times lately how the media controls everything people believe. Yet we have no problem with the media any other time of the year. Or any other year besides an election year. We have no problem listening to them drag on a story about Britney Spears ad nauseum and if it weren’t for the media we wouldn’t know what’s going on in the world.
But during a political season, we confuse the news media (press) with the mass media and take anything we hear about anyone at face value. Sure, news organisations like CNN and Fox News and MSNBC will skew their stories to some extent, but for the most part I believe them to be trustworthy. If not, the internet is available for research. Verify for yourself what is said or not said. But aside from CNN and Fox News and MSNBC, we have drivel coming from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and… Walton and Johnson. Now I don’t know how far their reach is, but while they currently broadcast from Houston, Texas, they have worked in New Orleans on at least two occasions. When they were first on air, I was a teenager and these guys were in party mode every day they were on air. Now in their old age they’ve become political pundits and I’m amazed at how many people take the word of these two self-proclaimed Radio Gods as gospel truth rather than finding that truth for themselves.
Yes, opinions are like assholes and I’ve got both. That’s why I write in this blog.