Daddy, what was it like before the internet?
I'm asking because I honestly don't really know. I turned 18 in the year 2000 and cast my first vote in a presidential election for Al Gore. Up until that Tuesday morning, I had been planning on voting for George Bush. That was mostly because my Dad spent most of the Clinton years complaining about him, and I was a teenager and not very interested in politics. I have an awesome 12th grade government and economics teacher to thank for my political interest. He was conservative about most issues, but not the preachy conservative. He was a good teacher, he engaged us, and he respected our contributions to the discussions we'd have. No one would get out of line in his class, and it wasn't because he was a strict teacher or quick to anger, it was just a mutual respect that we all had for him. He was that kind of teacher. Mr. Murray, you're awesome.
Anyway, to the meat of my question. I got to thinking about how I hadn't started paying attention to politics till after the internet had really gotten popular. Instant access to near infinite information had to have changed the political landscape. For those of you who were paying attention to politics before the rise of the internet, what was it like? How much information did you get compared to now and where would you get it from? What was the quality of it then compared to now?
I guess it just amazes me that politicians still try to pull moronic stuff. I get politics, and I get politicians, I know what they're about and how they are. It defies logic when they get up on stage somewhere and say things they know to be untrue, or spun, when they know for a fact that a veritable army of people on the internet are going to call them out on each misrepresented or fabricated thing they said. All I can think is, they still haven't grasped just how connected and alert the internet has made the nation and the world.
Last edited by Junkieturtle; Mar 22 2012 at 06:40 PM.
"The whole "us verses them/right verses left" mentality is childish; leave that crap in the sporting arena and understand that political discussions are no place for torrid, angry argument, rather rational dialogue whereby we may deepen and hone our own beliefs. Anyone declaring "liberalism" or "conservatism" as finite terms distinguishing absolute morality is grossly misguided and closed minded. They're just words; and we're just people. Political positions aren't sports teams." - TitoSparks