Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Power of Fake News

A while back I purchased a Glarkware shirt that proudly proclaims, "The Fake News is All I Need". It is, for me, part toungue-in-cheek, and a bit true. I tend to avoid most television news, finding the presentation not to my liking. I get my news on the internet - from blogs and newspapers and news magazines. I listen to NPR on my commute. And I watch "The Daily Show". And occaisonally (it's on really late for me) "The Colbert Report". I love Better Know a District.

Well, apparently a recent study found that the fake news gets you pretty well informed as far as national news goes. And apparently, with elections looming close, politicians are increasingly leary of appearing on Better Know a District. I get it, much like advertising, it is unclear which things help more than they hurt or hurt more than they help - so sometimes no action seems better than wrong action. But seriously - we are talking about a ten minute interview that everyone watching understands is a bit of fun. Sure - it's not much fun for the object of the fun, but hey - Eleanor Holmes Norton got the not being able to vote thing in and I have to imagine that many who watched that (on TV or on the internet) hadn't known about it. So that makes me happy. Even if it was only three people who didn't know that, that's three more people. (Hopefully three more voiting people).

Thanks to ALOTT5MA for the links.

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