What We’re Watching – Is Social Media Good for Democracy?
Rowena Itchon – Is Social Media Good for Democracy?
Check out this Intelligence Squared Debate on whether social media is good for democracy. Surprisingly, tech guru and venture capitalist Roger McNamee was against the motion – and his side won the debate.
Kerry Jackson – A Cringeworthy Moment Shows How Juvenile U.S. Politics Has Become
Watching Beto O’Rourke skateboard around a Whataburger parking lot is so cringeworthy that it has to be watched again (and again) to get the full effect of just how silly and juvenile it is. It says so much about our politics. Are we electing senior-class presidents or are we electing serious people? Our politics are so shallow what we prefer style over substance. Richard Nixon, who won the radio debate but lost the television debate to John Kennedy even though it was the same debate, eight years later tried to flip his fortunes by appearing on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” to ask “Sock it to me?” Bill Clinton played saxophone on Arsenio Hall’s show in 1992 wearing sunglasses while indoors. Now we have to deal with the legacy media fawning over a zero-achievement Texas congressman as if he were a rock star, and even calling him one, because he’s just so cool. We should be embarrassed as a nation to have reached such a low point.