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- Jul 23, 2007
I was talking to @Antifragile about how downright tragic it is how many people spend hours upon hours per day watching “the news” to become “educated voters,” when all they are doing is looking for confirmation bias, and NOTHING they consume will change their minds anyway… All to push a stupid button every 4 years. Let me ask everyone something… How much has any politician changed your life for the better?
RoAdS anD BrIDgeS!
Anyhow, your comment reminds me of something...
Every afternoon/early evening, the wife and I take the dog for a walk at a nearby park.
One of the houses has this HUGE bay window where you can see inside to the home, which on the back wall, is a huge flat screen TV. It is so big, I can be standing 3 football fields away and see what is on the TV.
So in the last two dozen visits to the park, every single day/night the television is on.
Not only is it on, but it is tuned to FOX NEWS where I can see Hannity arguing with people via the split screen. Or, it is Tucker, or some other character. It was even on Sunday night.
I found it terribly sad that no matter what time I'm at the park, whether it be 2PM or 7PM, that damn TV is on, and tuned to FoxNews. The wife and I first found it pretty amusing, now we find it sad.
I'm sure it has to be a retired person.
Imagine that... you worked 50 years of your life only to retire to your living room watching Fox News for the rest of your life. I can't imagine how angry, sad, and regretful that person's life must be. And of course, this isn't an attack on FOX, it could be CNN or NBC News. It doesn't matter -- the point is, this person is willfully participating in the greatest mass media operation in history, and wasting their life doing so.
I wonder, has consuming 3,100 hours of mainstream news made your life any better?
Sad, sad, sad...
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