A voice from the Right predicts economic collapse if President Barack Obama is re-elected.
A voice from the Left alleges that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used creative make-up for an interview with Univision.
On those extreme hooks do I base this ceditra entry. Ceditra – for those who need a refresher – is the term created by Brazilian artist Abril Pajyaso for the process by which art is created through a random process. My procedure for finding a subject to randomly write about (a completely fair and balanced process) left me at this entry from The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs…
Talk is cheap
It is easy to say that something can or will be done, but it takes money or effort to do it
For the people who make their living chatting away on the airwaves (both radio and television) giving their opinions on anything and everything, talk is nowhere near cheap. These pontificating personalities make good money. Regardless of the ideology, both bloviators on the right and left take home good paychecks for their insights.
The point I want to explore courtesy of this snippet is the fact that it is the people on the extremes of the spectrum who get noticed, get press, get space, and get the money.
Where are the voices in the middle? When I am surfing my sites on the Web, the headlines that pop to the forefront are items that involve outrage, or politicians being slammed, or somebody making an outrageous statement (truth be told, there were far too many examples for me to include one as a link, so I passed). I guess that’s what people want to read for if Netizens didn’t click on those stories, they wouldn’t be there.
Or do people click on the links because they are there?
There must be people who are centrist and who espouse such a sensibility in their columns and blog posts. However, they are a silent group because they do not spew forth ridiculous and incendiary statements. Because they are so rational, they are not controversial, and – ergo – are not popular in the media universe dominated by the metric of eyeballs and hits. It is only, for whatever reason, the emotional buttons of extremism, outrage, and hate that gets people a-clickin’. Therefore, writers and opinion-makers who want to be noticed gravitate towards the poles so they can be heard.
I wonder how many x-wingers actually believe what they say? How many say what they say solely to be noticed?
Where are the middle voices?