I’m a recovering media and news junkie. The news from modern media in the 21st century has become more entertaining than informative.
Nothing makes that phrase more true than a season of national politics. Regardless of your religious affiliation, political affiliation, or attention span, this is yet another banner year for political entertainment.
Never in the country’s history have there been so many nationally televised political arguments between so many candidates vying for public office. Never in history has the media taken a more active role in fomenting political discussion both between candidates and their supporters.
Yes, foment. That seems to be what modern media does best. Fox News, I’m looking at you.
Despite the breadth and scope of political debate these days, it’s still business as usual in the political arena. Politicians make promises and seek money from supporters.
Politicians make accusations and draw negative comparisons and seek to diminish the fine, upstanding character of their opponents (that’s a broad assumption, I know). Facts and truth don’t mean much to politicians during an election campaign, so those of us on the sidelines cannot always be sure that what we hear, see, or read is truthful and honest.
If anything, we can be more sure that whatever a politician is saying is probably the opposite of truth and honesty.
Regardless of the number of politicians vying for an office, regardless of the number of televised debates, regardless the number of web sites extolling virtues or vilifying candidates, one thing is for sure. It’s politics and business as usual.
For many, politics is great entertainment. Scandal and misinformation have replaced baseball as the new national sport.