Friday, March 21, 2008

Uncovering the Generation Divide

Listening to the Diane Rehm show on NPR as I drove to work this morning I could not help but note again how different the world of broadcasting is from the world online.

For the third day in a row, the world of broadcasting is consumed with statements that Jeremiah Wright made seven years ago. The world online has moved way past what Jeremiah Wright said to focus on what Barak Obama said in his speech on race and religion. The online world isn't filtered by the media to assure that only certain positions get heard and reinforced.

What is becoming obvious to many in the internet connected younger generation is that their parents and grandparents are afficted with an irrational, racist paranoia. Like Obama when he talks about his white grandmother, they are ashamed of their grandparents attitudes while they refuse to disown them (their grandparents). Few and far between are young people who are not ashamed of things that they heard their preachers say in the pulpit. Some of them have left their church. Some have just dropped out. Most remain members of their church and have no intention of disowning it.

Many of the young people that I talk to around the University of Oklahoma campus are absolutely stunned and shocked at how the broadcast media have caricaturized and distorted the meaning and intention of the greatest speech on race and religion that they have heard in their lifetimes.

It reminds me of how I felt in the days of Martin Luther King.

1 comment:

cheerfuldougg said...

WHAT??? You listen to NPR??? LOL