Stuart: Oooh Sheldon, I’m afraid you couldn’t be more wrong.
Sheldon: More wrong? Wrong is an absolute state and not subject to gradation.
Stuart: Of course it is. It’s a little wrong to say a tomato is a vegetable; it’s very wrong to say it’s a suspension bridge.
The Big Bang Theory, The Hofstadter Isotope 2009
One of the things about life is how important perception is, if people believe something they tend to act accordingly regardless of the facts.
The Heart of propaganda is to sell perception and this is what the MSM is all about as Kathy Shadle notes:
“Young people today get their news from The Daily Show!!!”
But as I’ve been saying: The ratings of Tosh.0 are higher than those of network-mates The Daily Show and The Colbert Report combined.
How does that supposedly translate into votes and worldview?
It translates to votes because people THINK it translates to votes, so even if you are a young person who doesn’t watch the Daily show, if you are told by others that this is what the “cool kids” are doing or saying the incentive to follow along is incredible, that’s how it translates into worldview.
But if you are a person who can actually count, who is a cultural conservative who believes in reality that just doesn’t fly:
one reason Rush Limbaugh makes $40 million a year is because he stubbornly points out that one plus one equals two, when everyone else insist it equals 492 or “avocado” or “shut up.”
Alas while Limbaugh has the numbers, John Stewart has the ear of those who are considered the “arbiters of cool” who create the background noise for those who do not pay attention, and while Limbaugh’s audience dwarfs Stewart’s that audience itself is dwarfed itself by the number of Americans whose only exposure to the political world is the background noise that the media generates.
Until we move to change that background noise the “Tomato is a suspension bridge.” & “1 + 1 = Avocado” crowd will have the edge.