We’re Recording This Stuff

It should be understood that the internet has changed, and will continue to change, the nature of the political debate in America irrevocably.  Of course you can’t talk about such things without mentioning blogs which have both directly and indirectly altered the political landscape.  But along with that, tied into it, or at the very little bit related to it, is the sheer rate of information analysis and dissemination.

Through blogs, forums, emails, webcams, vlogs, YouTube, etc., information on virtually any topic can be spread around with lightning fast rapidity, and unlike the old social experiment where you tell one person something and by the time that message is passed on through five or so people it has changed entirely, the internet contains so many built in tools and functions that not only is the integrity of the original bit of data maintained, but it often goes through several generations of refinement and enhancement as people are able to piece single bits of information together with other single bits, whilst others provide insightful analysis.

When all of this is taken into consideration, I have a single question.  For all of these media personalities and politicians, don’t you realize we’re listening?  We’re paying attention?  And if you say something inappropriate, it’s going to be revisited upon you amplified?

Glenn Beck apparently must have missed the memo; the same memo that Rush Limbaugh didn’t get when he called those military service members who disagreed with the Iraq conflict, “phony soldiers”.  Though, I imagine he got the memo on how to deal with such instances once they happen, and will no doubt call this a smear against him.

But I want it made very clear, this is not a smear, this is from the horse’s mouth.  After what is at best a half-assed attempt at making a call for American unity despite political differences, Glenn Beck had this to say about those few who actually do hate America.

I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today

This coming at the same time we learn that as many as 250,000 people are being forced to evacuate their homes in San Diego, among them 700 US Navy sailors and their families who currently reside in base housing.

In one breath, Glenn not only exhales a deep breath of hypocrisy, but also manages to insult and denigrate the characters of people who as I write this have been forced to flee their homes due to wildfire.

Not that they care right now, mind you.  I’m sure their a little preoccupied.  But I care, and I find it disgusting that here’s a guy who is doing little more than the same patented questioning of patriotism only the new twist is that he is attacking victims who aren’t exactly in a position to defend themselves right now.

And he wonders why unity is so difficult to achieve lately.

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