Free Speech is NOT dead
When my Republican friends learn that my centrist leanings have shifted left, they seem stunned. Though there are a few exceptions, when we get into deep discussions about the issues one thing is clear: they don’t listen, watch or read perspectives on both the left and the right, and haven’t opened themselves to alternative views.
We’re living in a time when gaining perspective is easier to do than ever before. Though I watch very little television, I do seek out Olbermann and O’Reilly (two more differing perspectives one couldn’t find!) and use my remote to move back-n-forth between the two programs. It isn’t as schizophrenic as it sounds since there are engaging aspects of each. Sometimes I record one while watching another and then I see both in their entirety. Often I’ll simply watch clips on YouTube and, of course, howl over those shown on Daily Show or Colbert Report.
During the runup to the last election, I was more deeply concerned about the direction of our country than at any time in my adult life. My concerns, agitation and anger are 10x what they were then, but I’m still forcing myself to listen to both sides, though I long ago formed my opinion and how I’ll vote.
So if you’re an independent and uncertain this close to the election, it’s your own fault. If you’re staunchly anchored to a liberal or conservative viewpoint, shame on you since this country is at about a 50/50 politically and we’ve got to make this country work together.
So avail yourself of what’s out there and at your fingertips — or don’t whine after the election — since access to perspective is unprecedented in an internet-centric world.
About Steve Borsch
SiteGround is 'The One'
Connecting the Dots Podcast
Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.