“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s work, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot - I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad.”—
“If your version of Christianity is limited to what you’re against, you’ll not likely reach many.
If, on the other hand, your faith is so alive you must feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and love the outcasts—all in the name of Christ, the King, you will attract interest.”—Craig Groeschel (swerve) (via davecooper)
“Smart businesses like 37 Signals, Whole Foods and, to a lesser extent, Craigie on Main, are beginning to produce content that’s less about their product and more about topics that their customers gravitate to. 37 Signals is a software company that writes about design and usability. Whole Foods is a supermarket chain that publishes recipes and cooking videos. These companies are producing quality media, just like The New York Times or Discovery Channel.”
“There used to be a mantra at the upper right of this blog. I can’t remember what it said exactly, but the gist of it was that there is no absolute truth, just your truth and my truth. I post my truth here everyday and I hope you’ll drop by and share your truth with me. This is the promise of social media. It’s revolutionary. When you give every citizen in the world a printing press, you ought to expect revolution. And it is upon us.”—
This presents a significant problem. Culture depends on shared truth. Shared reality. The Republicans and Democrats have lately had a hard time working together because they literally live in different worlds. The Democrats live in the world of MSNBC while the Republicans live in the world of FOXNews. This means that they cannot agree on fundamental first principles. Which means that they cannot work together.
We used to have shared narratives forced upon us by major media. The evening news and the nation’s major newspapers conspired to create a shared middle of the road narrative about American culture, economics and policy.