Friday, November 09, 2012
This dialog in the comments of a recent Great Guys post ("Congrats to Romney") has been enlightening to me. The dialog involves a discussion of an event where Romney is helping deliver water to hurricane victims and allegedly ignored questions from reporters about his views regarding eliminating FEMA.
Loyal Great Guys commenter Harry Eagar sees Romney ignoring reporters while delivering water to hurricane victims as cowardice. That's what Harry sees and those Harry associates with and writes for apparently see it the exact same way.
I look at the same event and see Romney as reasonably and perhaps even wisely ignoring the reporters and that his actions of working to deliver water were at worst somewhat staged to help his campaign and at best an honorable thing to do (and most likely a mix of the two).
While Harry and I often or even usually disagree, I can usually at least understand why Harry sees and thinks what he does.
In this case, I cannot. I simply cannot look at the event described by Harry and see cowardice and dishonor in Romney. I can see from the non-liberal commenters here that they cannot see cowardice and dishonor either.
It's becoming clear to me that there will ultimately be a liberal media for liberals and a conservative media for conservatives. As this dialog has shown, I can't reliably glean any information from the liberal media. And I know my liberal friends try and fail to ever get useful information from conservative media (fox news, townhall, etc.).
This media divergence is leading to hundreds of millions of Americans being completely unable and unwilling to communicate with each other excepts to shout epithets at each other when forced to interact. Conservatives will only interact with conservatives, work with conservatives, and buy and sell from conservatives. For example, I read a story where a business owner fired everybody with an Obama sticker on their car after the election. Liberals already play the same game (conservatives rarely are able to get tenure at universities, for example) and the trend will intensify. This will essentially be a cold civil war between liberals and conservatives.
I doubt there's a solution. When people can't communicate, they can't interact, and they can't solve problems.
The one hope is forums like this one. As long as we try to understand each other, though often failing, at least there's a chance.