To PBS’ Jeffrey Brown: It’s not so much fragmented nation as people who don’t agree with ME are morons

31 Oct

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: John Stark of the Bellingham Herald wrote a report about a speech given by Jeffrey Brown of PBS. Stark reports in the article, PBS newsman sees danger in fragmented nation:

A fragmented nation and a fragmented audience for news is making the country more difficult to govern, PBS News Hour co-anchor Jeffrey Brown said during a weekend talk at Western Washington University.

A generation ago, before cable news channels and internet news sources, most people got their news from the same small collection of sources: three major TV networks and a hometown newspaper or two, Brown said. People gathered around their televisions for the assassination of a president, a walk on the moon, and other major events.

“It was an age of mass media news, one audience sharing a common experience,” Brown said. “For the most part, the mass audience experienced such things together.”

Brown, featured speaker for the university’s Fall Family Open House Saturday, Oct. 27, contrasted that world with the one we live in today, in which Americans can restrict themselves to cable news stations and internet news sources they find most congenial.

“For the most part, we now live in the world of niches,” Brown said.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/10/30/173073/pbs-newsman-sees-danger-in-fragmented.html#storylink=cpy

Good Golly Miss Molly” is moi ever glad that this election is OVER. Let’s review the experience of one peep, moi. After moi made her decision and announced her choices, she posted the info at both Facebook and Twitter. The onslaught then began, people must have been incredulous about moi’s picks. Obviously, she lacked information, she must have been out of her mind. Despite the fact moi said that she knew who she was voting for and was voting on the basis of FIRST AMENDMENT considerations, the attempts to dissuade moi continued. Moi warned people and eventually put several people on hiatus from being Facebook friends.

What did moi deduce from this episode? It really is about respect and true tolerance. The threshold for Facebook friend is fairly low, but that category is fairly representative of a society or a culture. What moi found is is simply too hard for many people to respect the views of another person who may have different views. Many people are so condescending that they honestly believe they are the source of all truth and that people who disagree with them are morons.

No, Jeffrey, while it is true the country is fragmented, the real issue is tolerance and allowing that those who do not agree with ME are not evil or morons. They are simply different. In this era of hyper-partisan politics and different views on social issues it more important than ever to as the Beatles said, “Let It Be.” Just let people have their opinions, their politics, their religion, and their space.

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
John F. Kennedy

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