The election is over, and it wasn’t a surprise to me. But nobody asked me what I thought, which is the point. The media and pollsters and so many smart people thought they already knew and thus fell into a trap of their own making. When ~93% of the DC area votes for Hillary when compared with the ~50% of the rest of the nation, it signals a fundamental disconnect in our government. In theory there should be some Republican staffers that live there. Maybe a conservative lobbyist? But no, the lobbyists, government workers and the media that reports on them have created themselves a nice little bubble of group-think.
The internet and technology that allows us to communicate has only made us more isolated now then we have been in the past. Internet allows us to find people who like the same cheese we do and dressing in the same costumes on the weekends. This leaves difficult conversations about politics to be had online. And when People are not face to face, they are mean. Just like when driving. This creates an environment for predators with and a new online Asperger’s of sorts where other people’s feelings are deliberately targeted. Decent folks avoid the conversation online and so the monsters grow and coddle each other. There is no point in creating a dialog with a monster, best to let them fester in their own muck.
Broadcast media is trying to keep up by the online world by making news a ratings game. For this the format has suffered. Nightly news switches subjects and content around like it was made for a Pokemon addicted 8 year old with ADHD. The anchor is surrounded by scrolling bars of information just in case the he or she can’t keep your attention in the hope you watch for one more minute, because that is roughly how much longer this topic will last. Critical thinking is performed by a panel of experts instead of the viewer. Video pours into your head at a faster rate than the written word so you take less time to analyze the content. The reporters go broad instead of deep in their investigations, if they investigate at all. CNN, NY Times and others are slowly losing business because they don’t understand the people any more and they only get further and further away from the people.
If we look at the top TV shows of 2015 (Assuming Nielsen is getting it right), we can see that the TV shows offer a very different set of content than their news based counterparts. For illustrative purposes, highlighted is what is considered by many as a conservative show sin red. The rest don’t really take a side, or there are arguments either way.
These are the shows that people are really watching and this is people watching them live on TV, which takes a certain amount of dedication.
If we contrast that with the rating of those shows people talked about on Twitter, we see they aren’t the same.
What does this tell you? There are a lot of people watching conservative TV shows and not really talking about it in social media(twitter at the very least).
Pop culture conversations online are heavily moderated by young, liberal voices, who don’t speak for the majority of pop culture consumers. NCIS makes that gap painfully clear by being a runaway ratings hit while drawing scarcely any attention.
I purposely read things I don’t agree with or that are outside of my comfort zone. Can I justify my stance after I am done? Then I might be doing it right.
This one is really good, by a very handsome guy about why he voted for Trump which is largely unreported in standard channels, just in case you missed it.