I think a lot of it is a product of the news media neglecting their duties. They are more interested in getting a scoop than in checking before they put it out as fact. The media has become foremost a money making business instead of doing what they should. A doctor must hold the welfare of his patient before everything, the teacher, the welfare of his/her students, the lawyer, his client, the elected official, his constituents, etc. While money is important in each of these professions, they must be dedicated to their responsibilities.<quoted text>
I agree, perhaps with the exception of the Arab Spring. Most conflicts are born out of tribal culture, the lack of understanding or sheer intolerance of another way of thinking. Its the same with politics, as we see in the middle east this tribalism is wrapped up in religion to give it a more high moral ground. But it still comes down to the same thing, I have a friend who is middle eastern and he has always told me for at least 10 yrs or more democracy just cant work in cultures like that. Unless there is a quantum shift and religion takes a huge backward step they are better off under dictatorship or monarch type rule. Keeping tribal and religious differences at bay. Education in most cases takes away radicalism providing its not filtered. Whereas another country like Indonesia which has a 200 million plus population of the Muslim faith are nowhere near as radical as the middle east. They have pockets of terror organisations that mirror their middle eastern bros but on the whole, the place is very westernised. Women dress as they please some wear veils some dont and neither gets persecuted for it. Can you imagine China with the same freedom as the US, how difficult it would be for the government to keep a population of that size under control. So we sometimes stick our noses into places where its best left for them to evolve or not. Globalisation has opened up some of those under developed countries to prosperity but not full blown democracy. In my view the Bible belt culture in the US is no different than any of the above. Its about seemingly protecting a set of values that are closely linked to religion and lifestyle. The global warming issue got wrapped up in that (attacking lifestyle) when it should have been a national crisis. No different than 9/11 and how everyones life changed after that, not only in the US but around the world. Climate crisis should have been addressed the same way but was never sold like that. We are quick to put scanners at airports and have a whole intelligence industry born out of 9/11 costing billion$ worldwide for the sake of catching some would be bomber at a super bowl vs. protecting the whole damn planet and we argue about it like its a religious difference. So it makes you wonder have we really evolved with the smarts to survive.
I believe that the media is so interested in their bottom line that they will simply create controversy to attract audience whether they believe in it or not. A case is the reporting of climate science where a very large majority of scientists find that man is implicit in global warming but the media gives equal time to the very small but vocal minority who are skeptical. The duty of the media is to bring issues to the attention of the masses so they can vote or hold their representatives to task. This is not done by the media groping for sensationalism. The most important mass media is television and I am afraid that they have gone the route of the sensationalist tabloids.
While the internet is slowly replacing TV and news papers, one must ask where do the folks get the bulk of their information. From the lazy sensationalist news reporters. Where else?