Not being a regular Facebook follower, I was surprised to see a post from someone requesting a practical, unemotional, thoughtful argument about the merits (or demerits, if there is such a word) of our current political leadership.
I had to laugh out loud.
Someone tell me who would go to Facebook to get practical, unemotional and thoughtful dialogue about the positives and negatives of why we agree or disagree with the right vs. left environment we find ourselves in today?
I know social media is used for all types of messaging: updates on family members, recipes, life changing events, wise words, dumb words, dribble, humorous. But, is this really the way to get serious insight into what is going on?
Those of us following the political shenanigans going on in Washington these days have selected sources we visit regularly to get news and opinions. Most of those places are affirming our own particular views. If you are watching FOX News regularly you probably lean to the right. If you tune into MSNBC, I’m betting you are standing on the left of center. We want to find reinforcement of our own beliefs. Don’t confuse me with multiple views requiring me to think, judge, study, investigate, search, and listen. It is much easier to hear the same voices day after day, hour after hour affirming my opinions as valid and true.
It is easier to let others do the task of securing information and feeding it to me. The taste is familiar, the table setting is familiar, the voices are familiar, and it requires no work on my part, just accept their truth as my truth.
If we are in search of unbiased, unemotional, and thought filled rhetoric, I must do my own work. And for most of us it means reading multiple publications, viewing multiple purveyors of news, and listening to our own truths, our own values, our own voices.
That exercise can be painful, uncomfortable, unpredictable, but insightful. You may come through the process with the same belief. But you owe it to yourself to explore other ideas and possibilities, searching for experts who have been involved, weighing the merits of conflicting scenarios, and trusting the speakers
Social media is proving to be filled with propaganda from unknown sources, thus minimizing its credibility for truth and unbiased content.
Local newspapers, national publications, such as Christian Science Monitor, public television and radio stations, have historically offered clear and balanced reporting.
Do your homework. Our country depends on it.