An interesting quote from a surprising source:
"Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem."--Trent Lott, Republican Senator from Mississippi
Proposed (or whatever they say in debate):
Talk radio has a detrimental effect on public discourse by promoting division amongst people
Talk radio defined: a commercial radio program that is overtly political in content, and which primarily advocates a particular point of view (p.s. feel free to improve on this definition)
It's clear to me, having argued many political issues the past few years, that talk radio has had a tremedous effect on the issues discussed and the quality of arguments people make about politics. I also hear people say they are not affected by this medium (some get mad if you suggest as much), or they don't listen to it, but the evidence to me suggests otherwise. You don't have to go far to find it: turn on an am radio, scan, and hear strident, often angry voices 24/7. Sen. Lott's quote above seems to support my thesis.
The above link pertains to the immigration debate, but I'm not particularly interested in a discussion of immigration here.
Nor am I making any sort of suggestion that we curtail talk radio or anything like that. I want to know what others think is the effect.
Is it healthy for America? Not healthy? Doesn't make a difference? Why?