Hello Peach Pundit! And you thought Cynthia Tucker, Eleanor Cliff and Maureen Dowd were headaches. You ain’t seen nothing yet…
As a person who lives, breathes, works, plays and just about eats most meals in an online, high-speed environment, I sometimes wonder if I am losing touch with my less online-active friends and family. So about twice a year, I set aside a moment to worry about the digital divide in America. I might just pare that down to once a year for all the difference an online divide seems to make to my communicating efforts.
For instance, a relative called the other day, one I rarely hear from and one with whom I have rather pronounced political differences; I got a sinking feeling that I was doomed to an uncomfortable conversational void as soon as I picked-up the phone. About a minute into the call though, we were sharing a roaring laugh about a YouTube video — the one in which Presidential hopeful, Democrat John Edwards, is seen primping over his hairdo for a full two minutes as the song “I Feel Pretty” plays underneath the visual.
The relation on other end of the line does not even own a computer! He distrusts those as much as he does Democrats, yet he somehow knew all about this particular video clip, and relished rehashing virtually every frame of it for my benefit. That video had been passed not only virally around the Internet, but had also seeped into the offline populace and culture as well, by simple, good old-fashioned word-of-mouth and print.
So what I really want to focus on here with my Peach Pundit front page “priviledged” posts are media issues — particularly old media, new media and Georgia’s political landscape. Have they all now merged to create a seamless political environment? Yet? No? Maybe? Never?
You tell me!