The Gutenberg press democratized information and reading. The internet, blogs, and social media has made us all publishers and content producers. I keep looking for people that actually have something to say.
Yes, we can all put things out in the space now. Some of it’s entertaining. Some of it’s not. It’s given voice to extremes from both ends. The recent tragedies of mass shootings in out country has made this evident to me. I’ve read posts of the most ridiculous nature. I won’t even bother to recall them. It seems everyone wants their “15 minutes of fame” but have no idea what to do once they get it. Rush Limbaugh’s ok, but I don’t try to copy him. He does it for a living. Worse, I’d never try to copy him by posting ridiculous things to Facebook.
I read a lot of things that reminds me of the old joke about trying to talk to someone in a foreign language. You know, if they don’t understand you, you just say it louder and more forcefully. So that, it seems, is the practice of a large percentage of people who use social media to trumpet their political beliefs.