Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pass It On

I know I generally think of Fox News as part of Comedy Central but this story linked to by Span is worth reading and following the links.

I've posted the link or two reasons, firstly because it is a good story and secondly because I am of the opinion that the Internet and in particular politcal blogs, messageboards and newspaper comment sections are in danger of simply pursuing the same objectives, agendas and consequentially will end up as simply self serving platforms for self-interested parties. As I commented last week about one certain site they simply end up as the rantings of a group of people whose only common purpose is to expose that common interest to others sharing the same common interest and cease to become an exchange of ideas or points which can be developed.

And remember everytime you use the phrase 'left leaning/right leaning media' without presenting an alternative viewpoint (which I know Span does) a puppy dies.


Span Ows said...

LOL! Thanks for the link and the comments about echo chambers; you're right.

RSPCA will be in touch.

A Northern Bloke said...

Funny you should post this now.

I was looking at a blog last week that was definitely left of centre. I thought to myself "Who is this directed at?". I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of readers would be educated middle class people who lean to the left of centre, just like the writer of blog.

For me, there is little point in preaching to the converted. All that happens is that regular readers heap praise upon each post and there's never any debate or disagreement. Everyone feels affirmed by the time the next post is published and the process starts all over again.

I'm fairly sure that this is the case for a large proportion of politically motivated blogs.

Thank goodness your blog deals with a wide range of issues in an open-minded way.

Paul said...

Thanks for the comments both of you. I like the fact that both Guido, The Spectator and even The Guardian get people challenging the ststus quo but too often they are repeating the same thing day after day. The old BBC boards have many faults but you did get diverse opinions.

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