Hillary Clinton and media

Thanks to Facebook, we’re a nation addicted to secondary sources.

I’m not throwing stones here because sometimes I do it myself. But it strikes me that after six months on Facebook, most of what counts for opinion and insight consists primarily of throwing out quotes, billboards, aphorisms, YouTube videos, cartoons, article links, etc., all of which have been written by someone other than the person posting this information.

This is especially true when it comes to politics. One of the reasons Hillary has taken such a hit is that too many commentators and “reporters” simply re-post what has already been written about her, whether the story is true or not. Then they act surprised when her poll numbers go down after they’ve slammed her for three months. What did they expect?

One way in which MySpace was vastly superior to Facebook is that it had a built in, if rudimentary blogging app, where people could write down what they were thinking or feeling, adding quotes, links, and references as needed.

I was using MySpace during much of the 2008 presidential and primary campaigns, and there were some extraordinary, challenging ideas being posted — original ideas!

My suggestion is that more Facebook users go to WordPress and other sites that offer free blogging services and link your work back to Facebook.

We need more young people who can think for themselves and not rely on others and the predictable sourcing of Change.org, BuzzFeed, Moveon.org, and other sites to do their thinking for them.

Just a (original!) thought!

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Frank Marafiote

Frank started the Hillary Clinton Quarterly in 1992 and has been "keeping up with Hillary" for more than 25 years. Recently retired, he worked in advertising and communications and also taught marketing courses several times a year for a local university.

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