I’ve checked out! Like millions of others I have checked out of current events.
I can’t tell you the last time I have read a newspaper or watched a network news program. I listen to satellite radio with no news. Unless a meteor was headed directly for earth I probably haven’t heard about it. (I do keep up with my Sooners and St Louis Cardinals and I keep up with weather on the internet).
Newspaper readership has been declining since 1990 and is at its lowest point ever tied with 1940. Only 42% of Americans claim to watch a nightly network news program. That is down from 60% in 1993 and is still declining. I hear people claiming they follow the news on the web. Really? I don’t think snippets on Facebook really constitute the news.
Why have I “Opted Out”? Several reasons. Partisan politics has become a joke. I think they have all decided that doing nothing is the best course of action and find little solutions. The gridlock caused by partisan politics has become comical if it weren’t for the importance of their jobs. I’m tired of hearing about the senseless killing and robberies, the drug epidemic and everything else leading us to the abyss according to the anchor person. I’m just tired of it all. Then there is the fact that the media tends to spend too much time and effort tracking what the “stars” are doing. Really? Like I care about their lives. I have my own.
The media itself has joined in the political partisan games. The same story heard on CNBC is completely different when heard on FOX. They constantly show their political biased and lead us to doubt the validity in anything they say. Was Walter Cronkite biased or did he just gives us “That’s the way it is”? I don’t need them to tell me how I should feel about the story, just tell me the facts of the story and I can decide for myself.
So I checked out. No paper, no nightly news, and not much faith in Facebook for anything. They say that knowledge is power. When you know what is going on you can influence it. So that leads to my question;
WHO IS LEFT TO RUN THINGS?
If everyone has checked out and do not what is going on, who does know it and is running things? We are supposedly governed by “The People” but most of us don’t know what’s happening around us. Are we qualified to make decisions? Is Facebook in charge? Is the morsels of news they decide to feed us, driving the herd of humanity down the path? The world continues to grow smaller and ever more complicated and we expect to run it based on news highlight on Facebook. Over the past 240 years, Americans have fought and died so we may have the privilege of self govern. They laid down their lives so that we can make decisions for our future. We become less and less qualified to self govern.
So what is the answer? Do we go back to biased news sources and believe their content? Do we find safety in blindly following a herd being led by people we do not know?
I don’t know the answers but I do know our current path leads no where we want to go.
Who is left in charge??