I will be just delighted when the presidential election in the USA is over. I can hardly believe the quantity and quality of the bullshit being circulated about it. To the outside observer, like myself, it almost seems like we're seeing the decline and fall of a great nation. It seems to be consumed with political rivalry to the exclusion of common sense and the best interests of the nation as a whole. I can't believe grown men in responsible positions can act like this. It is really bizarre.
And that brings me to Facebook. In twelve short years, its boss has gone from obscurity to being the sixth richest man on the planet. And it makes several dollars in advertising revenue for each user it has.
My problem with Facebook is its bullshit content; the seemingly factual stories that look like authentic news sources, but are really just opinion pieces being cranked out on someone's personal website, and passed off as real news. That, and all those childish or mean-spirited messages arguing politics or religion, most often done by people who haven't the foggiest idea what they're talking about most of the time. People who frequently couldn't spell 'shit' if they had a mouthful of it. People who insult my stupidity.
And all of that is being seen and being read by the 95.6 percent of us who do not live in the USA. Many of us are increasingly thankful we can say this. And just as many of us are most likely wondering what's wrong with those people.
As for news in general, and print news in particular, the following is an interesting article about the newspapers of today, and what is happening to them. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/marty-baron-neil-macdonald-1.3435715