THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE
It’s nice to see that Mark Noonan is back at Blogs4Victory. I find it a weird name for that blog because they really haven’t won anything save for the House in 2010 and this blog was called Blogs For Bush before the 2008 Presidential election. The rise of the TEA party energized the commenters and some of the posters after the election of Barack Obama but all the site has really done is tack more to the Right over the past three years. Now Mark Noonan the guy who hung his hat on the “collapse of the dollar” and the “implosion of the Chinese economy” is back with more “facts” for wingnuts.
In one of his first posts since returning to B4V he writes:
The thing about un-plugging for a little while – especially if you make an effort to really shut your ears to popular culture – is that in the silence, thought can grow. We are relentlessly bombarded through our waking hours by sounds and images created by others in an attempt to get us to say or do something we might not do purely voluntarily. This bombardment comes at us so fast that we do not have time to reflect upon what we have just seen – if you do desire to think about things for a moment, another sound or image is thrown at you, demanding your attention, and thus destroying the possibility of thinking through the immediately preceding sound or image.
If you shut your ears to popular culture you are in essence admitting you are out of touch. I know Mark, you’ve had some struggles with a certain elelment of pictures and videos that are out there on the big bad Internet, but that doesn’t mean that less information is better than more. I don’t think the Internet or the digital media is intended to get people to do or say things that they otherwise wouldn’t. if you have a weak mind that might be the case. It’s my opinion that these tools, and that’s all they really are, exist to provide more information. Some of that information comes through a filter of the provider’s choice whether that be economic or ideological and some is quite raw leaving opinions up to the reader. An intelligent person can figure out the difference.
What most people are looking for in this buzz of info is the Truth. It’s capitalized for a reason because truth can become what the writer wants it to be rather than what it is universally. Religion and politics can reduce Truth to truth in a New York minute, or nanoseconds by today’s fast moving standard.
As Noonan’s return article continues I’m given the impression that he feels no love for advertisers. The thought that BBDO or Saatchi & Saatchi “bamboozle” people into buying Crest vice Colgate toothpaste is childish at best. But isn’t this what conservatives like the most simplistic and base explanations for those things that they can’t understand? What this portion of his article does tell me is that Noonan isn’t a proponent of information freedom or of the People having a thing called Choice.
Conservatives loathe choice. They would prefer to have there be no Brand Y since their product Brand X is all you’ll ever need. They feel this way about women’s health, religion, race, foreign policy . . . Well you get the picture. One key tenet of Liberalsim is Choice. The freedom to do what you choose within the law is they very basis of Liberal belief. It’s not always the most correct path, but it does provide the most options.
I didn’t expect anything better out of Mark Noonan and I must admit it’s good to have him back on the barricades shouting for the right for conservatives to tell everyone else what to do, how to act, whom to marry and just how good it is and how fortunate the middle class is to have a 1% who don’t carry as much water as ther do.
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