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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Iowa Republican: Politics and policy

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

We live in a world of over-dramatization led by the 24 hour news
sources. We have an attention span of about 15 seconds and without a
ticker at the bottom of the screen we fall asleep. Whether it is
politics or sports, we've come to expect information overload as the
norm. I have to admit that I'm a fan of this because my personality
drives me to boredom very easily. But there is a major drawback. We
begin to crave drama because the normal news is too boring. This
website can serve as a great example. If you look back at any of the
author's articles you will see the ones being critical of or dealing
with individuals, not issues, get much more traffic. As a blogger it
is almost impossible to ignore this fact. If I write an article on how
the Department of Education needs to be abolished to save hundreds of
millions of dollars, I may get 200 views. But if that same day I were
to write an article on how Republican X failed the conservatives, I
could expect over 500 views and 50 comments.


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