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  •  Social Media effect (2+ / 0-)
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    Most "inside politics" writers are accessible to readers/viewers via Facebook and Twitter. These social media tools enable us to give immediate feedback.

    A certain writer for a large metropolitan newspaper catches holy hell from  liberal Facebook "friends" when he crosses the BS line. Granted, most people do not see this exchange, but in my opinion, this has to make said pundit think the next time he sits down to write a column.

    We all stand submissively before the global ATM machine network like trained chickens pecking the correct colored buttons to release our grains of corn. Joe Bageant

    by Zwoof on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:18:38 AM PST

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    •  I will confess (2+ / 0-)
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      Notreadytobenice, rightiswrong

      to not using FB or Twitter, finding them to be insufferably shallow and trendy. Today's big issues cannot be condensed into 140 character messages and understood or appreciated by a 5 second attention span mind. But if this is how the "kids" are getting their news and opinion these days, then they can't be ignored, even if they continue to deserve to be mocked.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:24:13 AM PST

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      •  Cult movie "Idocracy"... (0+ / 0-)

        wiki:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        The film tells the story of two ordinary people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years in the future in a dystopian society full of extremely dumb people.
      •  You have to know how to use them (2+ / 0-)
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        Notreadytobenice, CA wildwoman

        and they can be very useful. I don't like Twitter at all, but the 140 character limitation includes links to other sources, so that's not a valid criticism. I rarely use it as it it too "noisy". It was, however, a much better live stream during the debates than Daily Kos. Lots of zingers from the best in the bidnez.

        There are no limitations to Facebook posts. I have participated in discussion strings consisting of  hundreds of comments on FB.

        We all stand submissively before the global ATM machine network like trained chickens pecking the correct colored buttons to release our grains of corn. Joe Bageant

        by Zwoof on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:58:11 AM PST

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        •  "You have to know how to use them" (1+ / 0-)
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          Exactly what Idiocracy is about.

        •  I don't doubt that there's much quality stuff (0+ / 0-)

          to be found in both forums, but I find the S/N ratio to be too low to be worth my own time and energy, given the way that I like to process information and engage in discussions with others. The more I know about a given issue and the more I discuss it, the less patience I have for nonsense, errata, trivia and remediation. I think that over the long haul these in the moment micro-discussions (which most of them are) end up having a very small impact on how things turn out. I'm much more interested these days in fundamentals than specifics, and I believe that it's the fundamentals that end up affecting things the most. E.g. how well Americans understand how Social Security and deficits really work rather than whether John Boehner's most recent brain fart is something to take seriously or how silly Mitt Romney looked pumping gas after the election. The latter might be fun to chat and gloat about on in the moment, but it means very, very little in the end.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:44:18 AM PST

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