I was recently studying in a relatively public place after a beautiful morning that started with a long walk covering eighteen holes. The sunrise was beautiful.
In this public place Fox News was on.
I was not paying much attention to it, but I noted that every two to three minutes the story changes. It was frustrating since it grabbed my attention a bit, wanting to know what I was missing “now.” And “now” was every couple of minutes. The reality is that it wasn’t anything I actually needed to know. It was just clutter.
It reminds me that we live in a culture of soundbytes. We crave information. But we crave it on the surface. We want to know a little about a lot, but pretend that we know a lot about it.
It’s generally bad for civil discourse.
It’s worse for actual knowledge and informed opinions.
It certainly can’t sustain a decent culture of any sort.
It’s why Carson says we need to read the internet less and books more.
But I gotta keep this short so I will leave it at that.