Preaching to the Choir

Live Science says that people choose news that fits their views.

News readers gorge on media messages that fit their pre-existing views, rather than graze on a wider range of perspectives. In other words, they consume what they agree with, researchers say.The finding comes out of a recent study which tracked how college students spent their time reading media articles on hot-button issues gun ownership. Unsurprisingly, students gravitated toward articles that supported their views.

That preference for similar views may also influence hardcore political junkies who prefer to read blogs with strong political views, according to separate research.

I’m shocked, shocked.  I’m sure the internet does nothing to encourage that.

A hazard of being able to pick from a variety of news outlets on the net is the temptation to pick what makes you feel vindicated. You can live in your own private Idaho.

So I made sure to read Justin Katz’s editorial, ‘Marriage rules beyond the ken of kids’. in today’s ProJo.

Katz covers a lot of the arguments I heard at the State House hearing on same-sex marriage. He worries about ‘radicals’ conducting a social experiment that will have unknown influences on our children.

He might feel less worried if he came to a service at First Unitarian. We are a welcoming congregation, meaning we won’t tell you that you are going to hell if you are gay. We have children, youth and families and overall we are doing fine. Since our church has blessed same-sex marriage since the 1970’s we’ve had a generation to show the pathologies of a social experiment gone terribly wrong, but actually we’re more likely to be laughed at for being bland. With other churches speaking in tongues and stuff it’s hard to get a rise with quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I like to read the Sunday New York Times, and their wedding section has announced domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages for years. Every week, the couples in the photos are overwhelmingly same-race, same-age, opposite-sex. This is what the majority of people do.

Children will not fail to notice that the vast majority of couples they see, in their lives and in the media, are heterosexual couples of the same race. I don’t think children worry about this the way adults do. They have a lot to do in the work of growing up.

Just listen to them. A good parent understands age appropriate information. I wish it were easier to keep the materialism, vulgarity and toxic sentimentality of pop culture away from kids for longer, and shelter them from the violence for entertainment that they’ll find at friends houses even if you kill your TV.

A loving marriage is a good environment for children. Procreation is one reason for marriage. But there are loving childless marriages, there are adoptive families, there are single parents who are good and loving, and there are same-sex couples who are good parents.

No one’s child is growing up in a world where all children have a mother and father at home. That world never existed. It didn’t exist when we were children. I don’t think the rights of a minority of citizens should be denied because it causes discomfort to some. It would make me way uncomfortable if the task of government was to reinforce tradition as some define it, rather than apply the law equally and fairly to all.

3 thoughts on “Preaching to the Choir

  1. You know I tried, really tried to watch asshats like Glenn Beck and BillO the clown.
    The hypocrisy and hyperbole are just sickening.

    Olberman of course, is just good entertainment. The ladie that comes on after him (sorry memory lapse) is very good also.

    I’ll bet if you ask Joe, he’ll say just the opposite.

  2. Why didn’t you ask me yourself?
    Glenn Beck is right sometimes,particularly in the case of Border Patrol Agents Compean and Ramos who were railroaded by the Bush Justice Dept.
    Truth is,I don’t watch any of the talking heads very often.The few times I’ve seen O’Reilly he’s been smarmy and self-righteous.Beck seems occasionally unhinged.
    Olbermann is obnoxious and Rachel Maddow,the few times I’ve seen her,has a too clever by half attitude that really obscures anything she’s saying.
    I don’t listen to syndicated talk radio(except the Movie Show when it palyed around here-it wasn’t political),brcause I enjoy local talk radio-the hosts are good at covering local events and often have a good take on national/international issues and how they relate to RI,if they do.
    I do like C-Span because it doesn’t use
    mesmerizing repetitive audio/visual bites.
    The monthly program In Depth is often very interesting-a 3 hour interview with various writers,historians,etc.
    You can actually see sausage being made on C-Span.I also don’t detect any bias there.
    Please don’t assume things about me.I am not a paradigm for any political/social position.I am just myself.

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