Your Bubble and Mine


Everyone is trying to figure out what’s happening to American culture (“all the rancor”), as though there is a single American culture. There isn’t. There have long been profound divides amongst Americans, with the most intractable divide being between the South and the rest of the country. The South is still fighting the Civil War, and still refuses to accept that blacks are as good as whites. Other divides: urban vs. rural; rednecks vs. the college educated; the right vs. the left; the ultra-greedy vs those who wish to see an equitable society, with the former now in total control. What’s currently exacerbating these divides like never before is social media. Nowadays, one can talk with the like-minded from the world over via a constant stream of blather that supports one’s biases and encourages ever more extreme commitment to the “cause”. Now we have the opportunity to communicate with millions of select others, and become, as a rule, hardened in our beliefs. This, we have been informed, is how ISIS recruits suicide bombers. The left-wing used social media to rally behind Bernie Sanders, as did the right-wing lunatic fringe behind Trump. We have now, they say, isolated ourselves in our own chosen social media bubbles, talking only with those that agree with us. This is certainly true for me, but I’ll tell you what – it’s OK with me. I’m not decrying this phenomenon. It’s not like I’m not aware of what the other side holds dear. I just don’t want to spend time acquainting myself with the details of their various insanities. I accept that we are in what may be the terminal stages of the battle between good and evil. I don’t believe that we can overcome, with dialogue, those divides mentioned above. We are going to have to fight for what is right. There are no win/win solutions in sight. So, like the other side, I’m herein using social media to extend into the world, to bring to the attention of the like-minded, my thoughts on the subject.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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