I don’t have a TV and I don’t watch TV.
That’s not good or bad, it’s just that I have other interests that seem to keep me occupied.
I have heard about cable TV shows where people yell at each other about politics.
Not my cup of iced tea.
The rise of cable news does have the Washington Post worried though. In addition to competing against cable news competes for advertising dollars, the post worries about America…
“The increasing polarization of cable news is transforming, and in some ways shrinking, the electoral landscape. What has emerged is a form of narrowcasting, allowing candidates a welcoming platform that helps them avoid hostile press questioning and, in some cases, minimize the slog and the slip-ups of retail campaigning… Each party’s message is amplified by former officeholders and strategists who sign exclusive agreements with the cable networks as soon as they leave the public payroll. And their celebrity – magnified by their constant screen presence – gives them more influence than most members of Congress.”
The ” gives them more influence than most members of Congress” standard is a pretty low bar. Few members of Congress have any real “influence” outside of their districts.
The internet/cable/social media era really is demolishing the old idea of broadcasting (Hey America, Gilligan’s Island is on at Eight!). In its place wwe can now see the outlines of a new world of narrow-casting. This represents a huge change and there are surely going to be new problems associated with the new platforms but I am also sure that one reason the Post doesn’t like these changes is that they were paragons of the former “broadcasting” media world. The newbies are overtaking the venerable Washington Post because the newbies are playing by new rules.
Here’s a contest between old and new where I am siding with new. I support social media and narrowcasting, here’s why:
My interest in, concern about, and desire to change aging means that I am auto-matically disqualified from appearing in any substantial way on the broadcasting media platforms. Aging and ratings do not, we are told, mix. Aging “turns people off.” At the same time, every single morning, without exception, America wakes up one day older than it was the day before. This reality is increasingly understood by millions. Million of people are asking questions, millions of people are looking in new places for the answers they need. A few thousands of those millions follow us here at changingaging.org. We are building the road as we travel. This “road” consists of a dense cluster of relationships among people who think about and care about this issue. Just look, for example, at the quality of the comments here. Smart people come here every day. They have ideas and they are going to change the world. These new communications technologies are making it happen.