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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:13 PM

70. Thank you kindly. It was a pleasure to read.

I once had a passing discussion over whether the media complaining and deriding people for considering whether there were dots to join was a good thing or a bad thing. I generally came down on the side of the first, as Oscar Wilde wrote "there's only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about", so whilst questioning anything about policy one can be immediately labeled a 'conspiracy nut' those questioning and joining the dots at least receive what Thatcher, the doyenne of our Right Wing, called the oxygen of publicity.

They have to respond, and taking your theme of toxicity, they have to respond to an audience made cynical both by their politics and the manipulation and deadening of emotions. They've created the cynics, myself included, that cynicism now bites then in the ass. Perhaps the best part of the new interactivity of the social media and the forums is that it can bring out interaction not manufactured by vested interests and restore a smidgen of hope in humanity. That is the battle they have lost as, notwithstanding trolls, any agendas tend to be up front and not hidden once one sorts the aforementioned chaff from the wheat. Picking up your point it's especially valuable if you are surrounded by people who cannot or chose not to have any constructs over why things are going wrong, just have hysterias created and played on by being instructed things are wrong. Total passive aggressive behaviour patterns, with this they can substitute any surrogate for the true reasons and I feel that America is more aware than most of the violence and hatred such patterns can engender. Of course here one inserts the cliche, those that don't learn from.......

One thing I would contest is the idea that it takes a while for them to catch up when in reality many in the media hold on to information or are an even more insidious part of the problem, here you will know better than I the sort of figures I have in mind, so it's more a case of 'we can't repress it any longer' rather than them coming down with a sudden bout of integrity.

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