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29 May 2007

TV Killed Our Democracy

We've got to try to realise the effect that television has had on our ability to retain information and to have our attention be held on a particular topic. It's shortened our memories by quite a lot. And the way that we interact with politics has been, really, it's just been demolished completely. -- David Bazan

I have a love-hate relationship with television. On the one hand, programming has come a long way, even in my lifetime. A lot of the stuff that's on these days is, really, just brilliant. On the other hand, well, spend two minutes watching one of the 24-hour cable news networks.

The above clip from Family Guy is the sharpest critique of what television has done to politics that I've seen in quite a while, perhaps even on par with some stuff Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert have done. The Solomon Grundy joke is a bit flat and out of place, but the rest of this is just top notch. This is what happens when you reduce leadership to soundbites and I'd-have-a-beer-with-himism. Ironic that I saw it on TV.

It also makes me wonder if this presidency, which I imagine to be the most PR-focused in history, could even exist without television.

Comments on "TV Killed Our Democracy"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5/30/2007 09:43:00 AM) : 

If it wasn't for your blog I would quit checking blogs entirely! That was some good stuff.


Blogger jasdye said ... (5/31/2007 08:28:00 PM) : 

yes, i agree, jvpastor. i too would have a beer with kevin.

let's not forget that fast media and sound bites have been a part of american politics as long as we've had them. can you imagine FDR or Kennedy w/o 'em? and, contrary to popular opinion, much of what they said in these soundbites weren't really all that substantial.

so, what am i saying, really?

why, nothing at all.


Blogger Geosomin said ... (6/05/2007 09:42:00 AM) : 

SOund bites are a strange thing. My Dad's friend is an MP and he's so paranoid to say anything because it couldbe taken out of context or misquoted. And then there's all the empty buzzwords or terms used to "nice up" difficult topics. It's odd to hear about it and realise how much you see of an individual is PR.
I remember watching this show and thinking...this is too close to being true.


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