Friday, November 23, 2012

A scary thought.....

One of my favorite magazines, World Magazine, has an interesting perspective; that the re-election of Mr. Obama to the Presidency really seems to be a a clear sign that the political power of evangelicals is on the wane.  Now for better or worse, I believe this to be true to a point, but I saw something else that is, quite frankly, just as frightening.

According to Time Magazine, the technological edge enjoyed by the Obama campaign was huge, and an interesting characteristic of that technological program was the concept that getting out the vote could be as simple as a well timed Facebook post.  Reach the mailboxes of those on Facebook, Twitter, and such on election day, and you're going to pull a lot of their votes.

This scares me hugely; what it means is that large portions of the electorate, faced with a decision impacting the freedom of nations and tens of trillions of dollars in income and wealth, cannot be bothered to schedule some time to cast a ballot unless they are reminded personally the day of the election.

In other words, the work of Captain Video has been achieved; the destruction of the American attention span.  Time will tell what the corollary damage is, but I suspect that it has something to do both with elected officials ignoring the significance of a sixteen trillion dollar national debt (over $100 trillion by GAAP standards) and businessmen dropping long term planning in favor of achieving monthly accounting numbers.  It just might have something to do with our nation's attitude towards debt as well. 

Not entirely new, as I believe Isaiah wrote about similar things, but the degree to which we cannot be bothered is yet not a good sign.


Gabrielle Eden said...

Scary indeed

R.A. Crankbait said...

Let us not overlook the technological advantage of those who make the electronic vote-counting machines as well.