Tuesday, August 07, 2012
E Pluribus Chao
Today's column for the Daily Banter takes a look at our increasing dedication to party and political ideology over solidarity with our fellow Americans.
Here's a quick excerpt:
"I sometimes wonder what the response would be like were another 9/11 to happen -- say, tomorrow morning. I'd like to believe that we'd once again put aside the trivial concerns that divide us and the inane distractions that only casually connect us, the ridiculous tribal allegiances and eliminationist rhetoric we seem to thrive on in the age of hive mind hyper-connectivity. I'd like to believe it, but I think that doing so would be astonishingly naive. We've simply gone too far -- pushed things well past the breaking point. There isn't an event that we can't now politicize. There isn't a tragedy that we can't find a way to blame someone from the opposite side of the political aisle for or an act of heroism or nobility for which we can't withhold credit from our ideological adversaries. And thanks to the overwhelming number of media outlets willing to fracture us and feed us only information that confirms our already firmly held biases, I doubt very seriously that this deplorable situation will end anytime soon. If anything, it will likely only get worse."
Read the Rest Here