The Media and Politics

Most millennials have come to prefer the “bitty over the meaty.” Nicholas Carr bashes modern media, claiming it “prizes emotionalism over reason,” saying we emphasize the visceral. This isn’t inherently wrong, in fact, this is inherently right in human nature. We rely on instinct, a raging force originating from billions of years ago that ultimately is what drives society. Carr can squawk about pseudo-intellectualism all he desires but politics are inseparable from emotion. The old media slaps headlines, captions, statistics, editorialized opinions, differing sides on to presidential campaigns like a deck of cards and expects the mess not to collapse.

Well, it has collapsed.

The laws, the bills, and the acts the President passes affect everyone in a multitude of ways. They can bring hardship – or prosperity. The bottom line is that what the government decides for us is what decides the condition of human society. We can suffer – or thrive. There are no grays. This is instinctual.

Six companies dominate the media industry. With social media, our ideal politicians can escape the woes of lacking corporate sponsorship and finally reach the people. We can now bask in Trump’s insanity firsthand, Clinton’s ferocious political correctness, Bernie’s magical way of stating the facts, and Ben Carson’s tendency to obfuscate the truth.

“Candidates who would have had no chance before the Internet can now overcome huge odds, with the people they energize serving as the backbone of their campaign,” and that’s just amazing.

Sources:

  1. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2010/02/04/5-ways-new-media-are-changing-politics
  2. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/09/2016-election-social-media-ruining-politics-213104