Originally posted by idonotcollectstamps
The internet changes the game. As long as we can get news from sources besides the television, newspaper and radio we will remain free.
Be murderously wary of any attempt to restrict and control your internet access. For then you will only see what is wanted for you to see.
I think the possibility that our media is simply doing what sells should be considered.
I think it's very possible that the people of this country watch MORE TV when it concerns drama, disagreement, and more recently, Left VS Right drama. What better entertainment than to watch the news to see how your "side" is doing in the public eye? Who looks better than the other? Who gaffed? A republican or a democrat?
So basically the question is, "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" in our case, did the media coerce us into becoming aggressive towards our fellows because their opinion differs from ours OR did the media simply tap into the drama that was already there, realizing that the number of viewers went up when they simply pitted left against right and right against left, like TV Drama.
Who wants to talk about some boring politician who said something about some boring legislation when we have someone who said "insert gaffe here" about the left and OH now they said "insert gaffe here" to the right! It's much more entertaining in this much more aggressive society.
Originally posted by Maxmars
however, I believe that consumerism is not a spontaneous part of human character... I think it was evoked in society via the reliance on debt as currency...
All of this to say - I don't blame the victim when the choices of the victim are influenced by the villain.