Monday, October 25, 2010

Today's Deep Thought

Is this: Social media is not news-and-information, and news-and-information should not try to be social media, just for the money.

We are rapidly moving towards the concept of social media in everything: Have Your Say! What Do You Think? We Want To Hear Your Opinion.

It's Facebook everywhere and it's about equally confusing, silly and trivial as most of those Facebook quizzes and games and messages about what someone ate for breakfast (English muffins, burned in the toaster, Swiss cheese and ginger marmalade), and it confuses the consumer more than anything.

Fox News is all opinion shows with false data, and its competitors are approaching the same format. That is the reason why we get stuff like this:

"Climate change is real, and man is causing it," Mr. Hill said, echoing most climate scientists. "That is indisputable. And we have to do something about it."

A rain of boos showered Mr. Hill, including a hearty growl from Norman Dennison, a 50-year-old electrician and founder of the Corydon Tea Party.

"It's a flat-out lie," Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. "I read my Bible," Mr. Dennison said. "He made this earth for us to utilize."
That, and the he-said-she-said format combined with the fact that things used to be different: television used to at least give the basic information and people still partly think it does, is the father and mother of our problems.

We are poorly informed and we are misinformed.