By: Diane Benjamin
Yesterday the Pantagraph printed an editorial called:
Commentary: Social media is hurting America, and 2019 is the year we need to do something about it
It was supposedly from the Dallas Morning News with no names attached. Read it here if you missed it: https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/columnists/commentary-social-media-is-hurting-america-and-is-the-year/article_10a43651-9261-5463-8009-d67ea18be67c.html
Yes, they claim social media is hurting America.
Since I use many social media sites, I find people fall into 4 categories:
- People who lean far left
- People who lean far right
- People who observe and want to be informed but rarely state an opinion
- People who NEVER want to see politics discussed (the most dangerous of the four)
Before social media it was difficult to say where people stood on issues. Politicians could lie and change their message to fit whatever crowd they were in front of. Now they can’t because it is very easy to find video of them with the opposite position. The media won’t call out “their” side, social media does.
Before social media facts were whatever the media said they were. Now media has lost much of their credibility because what they do report and FAIL to report. The best example on a national level is the Mueller investigation and all the people who have not been prosecuted because they aren’t on the Trump side of the investigation. The investigation was never about truth, from the start it was “Get Trump”. Don’t bother posting hate comments here, my site and I will delete them.
Yes, truth doesn’t matter to some people – see point 1 above.
Things social media exposed that media hasn’t:
- Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts
- Scandals in the Catholic Church
- Government spending on stupid things like shrimp on a treadmill
- Salaries and pensions of government employees
- Coliseum theft
- Local government spending
- What really happens at government meetings
The list is endless and nationally there are many more things exposed by people other than those who call themselves media. America is better without places for those in power to hide, social media makes that possible.
Maybe the local issues are why the Pantagraph printed the rant. It’s difficult to see your readers decrease while social media increases.
The editorial thinks: “We know that social media has become the preferred platform autocracies use to control their populaces and undermine democracy.”
Now they are calling you stupid. People are much smarter than the media gives them credit for. They don’t need a four-year journalism degree to smell rot in reporting. Partisan opinion is what much of media does report while calling it news.
People need news from lots of sources, there are a ton of them on social media. People could do a better job of not sharing information from sites they have never heard of. There are satirical sites that are funny, but not the truth. I’ve seen people share them as truth, I remember once I was guilty of that.
Google is now hiding sites. Facebook is censoring stories their left-wing investigators don’t want people to see. Twitter has banned people for no valid reason. If the purpose of these sites is to spread information and allow debate they are failing. Others will eventually replace them, they are destroying themselves.
Government has no place regulating speech. Calls for them to intervene because foreign governments might try to spread propaganda violates the first amendment and once again calls you stupid for believing un-sourced stories. Hillary didn’t lose because of Russia.
If the media wasn’t left-wing social media news wouldn’t be as big as it is. Truth matters, the media isn’t providing it. Yes, the people are smart enough to see that.
I bet the British Press did the same editorials when Thomas Paine printed Common Sense. Hopefully you know how that turned out.
Social Media isn’t hurting America, it’s preserving it.