The Carper

Is social media ruining the Presidential election? by Flama Blanca
October 23, 2012, 10:30 am
Filed under: Current Events

We are very fortunate to live in an age where information is available in seconds. I think the enormity of this is something that can be sometimes overlooked. The problem with this wonderful, amazing free flow of information is that any idiot with WiFi can then vomit their interpretation with the same immediacy, and in some cases, a larger medium of distribution to the masses.

Let’s take last night’s debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, for example. The event was two hours of distinguished conversation between two men who, whether you deem them qualified or not, are vying to be the leader of our great nation. A myriad of topics centering on foreign relations were discussed, and thought provoking comments were made by both sides. Of the three debates, this may have been the most evenly matched. There was less mud slinging, interrupting  and poor manners than in the first two debates, and behavior more becoming of a “President” was on display. Personally, I was happier with the path of this debate as an American, regardless of partisanship.

So when I woke up this morning, I thought that  I would read some reviews, and try to sort out my own thoughts on last night as compared to some of the experts. That, in my opinion, is what should be done by those who are interested in formulating an opinion based on fact and not simply relying on partisanship or other bullshit (Obama plays basketball!!! Mitt Romney has great hair!!!).

The problem with that, as is the case in most of life’s situations, is that the majority of the country is not like me. When I flipped the TV on this morning, it happened to be on the Today Show. Despite all of the substance that made up last night’s debate, Matt Lauer is talking about “horses and bayonets” being a trending topic on Twitter. Are we serious? This may be the most important election we have/will see in our lifetimes, and we are talking about a single biting comment made by the POTUS illustrated one point he made in two hours. This is unacceptable.

I will reiterate, I really do not care about what side of the aisle you stand on. Democrat, Republican, or any other party you want to affiliate yourself with. This great nation was built on the ability to make a choice. What does bother me is when people fail to make an educated decision, given the amazing access we have to information in this day and age. So, do yourself a favor. READ. Read everything. CNN, FoxNews, hell, watch Jon Stewart. But get an idea of what’s going on instead of “Liking” the status of some moron on your Facebook news feed that went to a bullshit Liberal arts college and majored in Philosophy.


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