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Health Care Debate Shows We're Sick

Yesterday both CNN and Fox News ran into some problems reporting the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health care plan.  They got it wrong.

Why?

Is it because reading a ruling from the Supreme Court is probably a little tricky?

Is it because we live in a society where ALL INFORMATION MUST BE DISTRIBUTED IMMEDIATELY IF NOT SOONER?

I bet it’s a combination of both things.  These days it’s harder and harder to pay attention for more than 142 characters in a Tweet.  We want the information now, but we really don’t want many details.  

I find it happening to me.  A few days ago I was reading a short sports story about the White Sox and found myself drifting after the first few paragraphs.

This is rather scary.

We want information so quickly, but we don't want too much of it.  That's dangerous.  With all the misinformation floating around on Facebook, I feel like we don't really get the whole story anymore.  Think about how many times you've seen a chart or graph on Facebook that simplifies a rather complex subject.  Many people see the simple and often times incorrect information and take it as fact.  They don't do an additional research. 

The health care debate is a lot more then: Obama is giving help to freeloaders or Republicans hate poor people.    Sadly, it seems like that's what it's reduced to.

I think I’m going to try an experiment this weekend.  I’m going to pick up a copy of the New York Times and actually try to read several articles from start to finish.

They still print The New York Times, right?
 


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