Does this seem familiar to you?

I found this here, after seeing it in the USA Today this weekend. I thought this cartoon was at once funny, sad, and true. Sometimes I feel that opinion polls and 24-hour news cycles have combined forces to remove all sober and reasoned debate from our political discourse. Note the scrolling messages at the bottom of each news cast. I have my theory, what is yours: Why do you think our first impulse when something bad happens is to assign blame?

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Blogger Nance said...

Perhaps not only sober and reasoned debate, but sustained consideration. Our minds are constantly moving to the next issue, the next image, and it's difficult to maintain a thoughtful reflection on any one point while the world seems to move on so quickly to the next. People who do sort of lay claim to an issue they've considered and decided upon usually end up standing against the tide in the near future: like Christopher Hitches on Afghanistan or Bush on... anything. It's easier to accept the opinion offered you on the news and then stop thinking about it.

11:06 AM, April 07, 2011  
Blogger Daniel McLain Hixon said...

Thinking is hard.

I guess the thing about the News is that it favors the new. You can keep thinking about Iraq if you want to (certainly, the Iraqis are), but the news-speakers have moved on to the latest things New Zealand...then Japan...then Libya...now Portugal...etc

11:19 AM, April 07, 2011  

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