What might this mean, really, especially in the face of a Democratic Party that’s already demonstrated an impressive skill at getting its message out to all Americans? Some thoughts come to mind.
- We aren’t as plugged in to the Internet as we like to think we are. While that might be true for rural America, the number of rural Americans cannot account for these numbers.
- Nobody reads the newspapers or watches network news on television anymore. Declining circulation and Nielson ratings do tend to support this.
- It might also be strongly influenced by what we actually do when we’re online or reading the papers or watching TV. Folks no longer read the “news” or watch it on TV—they’re reading the funny pages and sports sections, and they’re watching entertainment programming on TV. And they’re doing largely the same thing as they surf the Internet. The “news” items, no longer being unbiased reporting of the day’s events, are being increasingly disregarded altogether.
- And it might be a simple case of whatever the Democratic, or Republican, Party says is becoming increasingly disregarded: from the fatigue induced by the constant bombardment by both parties (but by the Democrats especially) with political pronouncement, and duns for money which add to the general fatigue, as well as an irritation aspect. And from a growing disdain for the routine and blatant mendacity of each party.