I love the Internet. I love technology. That said, I think the Internet – for all the good – has a dark side.
We’re not anymore divided in this country than we were back when brother raised arms against brother, but thanks to the Internet; it sure feels that way. To paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel the email boxes of the world before the truth can boot the computer. (And, actually, to say that’s Mark Twain’s quote might not even be true – it might be Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.)
And, speaking of lies, it is amazing to me how someone will believe the lie of an email rather than believe the actually fact. And, it seems as if people want to believe the lie. Further, at least in my life and my experience, these people are on the right.
For example, I don’t care who sent you the email, George Soros doesn’t own nor is he affiliated with Snopes.com. But, since this information from about Snopes is from Snopes, I’m guessing those on the right won’t believe it.
Oh and another thing: The media, with some exceptions, is a tool of the left. Fox News and the right may want you to believe that, but it simply isn’t true. The media, again with some exceptions, is a business. Businesses like to make money and whatever ups the ratings or sells newspapers is what’s going to be printed. Don’t believe me, check out the ads for your local news. Go ahead – it’s all: Water – is it going to kill you or The danger lurking in your kitchen. It’s designed to get you to watch. Sometimes, you might get the full story, but most of the time you don’t. And, radio news is just as bad (if not worse) than TV news. I happen to have a long commute and no matter which station I listen to in the morning, that station will have the news on 3 or 4 times. And, it’s always the same stories.
And, who owns the media?
Well, The Disney Company owns ABC, so they might lean a little to the left. Comcast owns NBC. Clear Channel owns 850 radio stations.
Our media, which translates into our news and information, is slowly being owned by less and less companies. In other words, more stations are being owned by the same company.
And, don’t even get me started on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supposed to deregulate Cable and lower our rates (seen your rates drop? Anybody?) and it allowed companies to own more and more stations. There was a limit before.
Anyway, even for a rambling post, I’m getting off track.
I’d like to bring up Trayvon Martin – I know, I know, you’re all sick about the subject and your tired from all of the coverage, but I fought with my father about this yesterday and it’s on my mind.
- I’ve made this statement before and I’m making it again: Once George Zimmerman left the safety of his vehicle (after being told by police not to do so), it wasn’t self-defense. Once he approached Martin, he was taking the law into his own hands and whatever transpired after that made him a murderer. And, that’s why stand your ground laws are dangerous, because the victim is no longer here.
- The picture of Trayvon Martin with tons of tattoos? It’s not him. And, the blatant lie of him flipping off the camera? That’s a Trayvon Martin, but not THE Trayvon Martin. Check out Snopes.
- I don’t care what Martin was doing that night. I don’t care what he did in his young life before that night. I don’t care if the kid was flunking out of high score and planning on scoring some drugs that night. I don’t know if any of that is true and I don’t care. He had a right to be on that sidewalk and he had the right to not have someone without any legal authority stop and question him. It doesn’t matter that Zimmerman thought he had some right or was justified – he wasn’t. Follow me in your vehicle at night and then approach me? You might be the one down on the sidewalk looking up at the stars. Pull a gun on me in some sort of “self-defense” and be prepared to die.
- Personally, I think Zimmerman deserves vigilante justice. He stalked and hunted Trayvon Martin; he should only get the same. And, it’s amazing how right wing people are offended by that. They think that’s horrible. How could I possibly feel that way? I feel that way because I believe in an eye for an eye. Zimmerman totally disregarded Martin’s rights by approaching him. Zimmerman knew he had a gun. He knew the police were on their way. He knew he was safe and then he got out of the car. I think the real justice will be the fact that Zimmerman for the rest of his life will have to look over his shoulder to make sure he’s not being attacked.
As much as I would like to continue my ramblings (and, I never did reach my original point), I have to get going and head to work. I know, a liberal who works for a living! Imagine that! No government aid! It must be some leftist, Marxist, fascist, Communist conspiracy!