Your News Source Isn’t Your Sports Team

We’re in a pickle here in America. Since the advent of the internet broke down the barrier to entry for engaging in the news and political discussion, we’ve been seeing a dangerous trend emerging; there are now multiple effective realities we’re dealing with. If you don’t believe me, try this exercise: think about your favorite news source. The one with the anchor you trust and that you know is giving you the real facts. Now, imagine ‘that’ news source. You know, the other one that’s littered with fake news and couldn’t be trusted with delivering the weather in Antarctica, let alone having any business reporting political commentary and world events.

Your answer and my answer might be very different. Drastically different; my favorite news site might be the aggregator of fake news in your view and vice-a-versa. The problem is that two people in the same apartment complex can now get completely different stories about what’s going on in the world. This rhetoric is slowly shaping their worldview; an exclusive reader of The Washington Post sees Russian collusion around every corner, and a Fox News viewer sees the constant threat of illegal immigration pouring in through the border. Now, get these two people in a room and ask them what they think of the current administration. If a brawl doesn’t start out, you’ll see that these two individuals are arguing from two completely information sources; an observer might question if they were from the same planet, let alone the same country or city. Welcome to the world of information overload and the ability to curate your news feed.

See, back in the day, there wasn’t really a whole lot of options for where you got your news. Printing the news was expensive, and a newspaper such as the New York Times or The Washington Times (not to be confused with The Washington Post) had to avoid alienating potential readers with strong rhetoric. Of course, there were biases: nobody and nothing is without bias but rarely did the bias of major newspapers extend past appealing to their audience; the reason why the New York Times leans left is that New York City tends to lean left.

Now, the drastic divide between the left and right leaves each side wondering how the other side could be so naïve. You see it everywhere; from the left’s prolific use of ‘Nazi’ and ‘racist’ to the right’s affectionate ‘libtard,’ where a political ideology has become a curse word in most online circles.

Stop it. Stop avoiding every news source that doesn’t belong to your carefully curated feed. Stop calling people stupid for having the audacity to have a different opinion than you. Stop affiliating with your political identity like you’re a Yankees fan in the late 90’s. You think you’re helping to enlighten the “sheep” on the other side, but you’re widening a divide between you and other Americans. Americans, I might add, that has a lot more in common with you than you think. With all the hateful rhetoric out there in the world, let’s cool our jets a bit here and focus on what really matters; Go Army, Beat Navy!

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Garrett Ferrara

Garrett Ferrara

Garrett is a writer, perpetual student, and seven-year Army veteran. Currently studying Anthropology and Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida, he's hoping to stretch the G.I. Bill all the way to a PhD. Bilbo Baggins is his favorite literary character; a character that traveled, fought battles, and finally settled into a simple life. He's looking forward to squaring away that last phase.
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