Well, what else is new? If there’s a political campaign going on, you’re going to hear tons of negative publicity. Things like:
- advertisements attacking an opponent's personality, record, or opinion;
- secretly leaking damaging (not necessarily true) information to the media;
- using outside groups to launch attacks about the other opponent ; and
- disguising telephone polls as a way of suggesting false information about the other candidate.
Despite the possibility of backlash from such techniques, negative campaigning is so affective that it is still done today. Why? Because it works. Juicy negative headlines work because we as the public are drawn to them and let them sway us.
Unfortunately, mudslinging doesn’t just happen in the political arena. Over the years, I’ve been a part of many business organizations, groups and clubs and no matter what size, there always tends to be some type of negative attacks. In today’s high-speed information highway, these attacks can quickly get out of hand.
Recently, I logged onto Goggle and saw their blackened-out name protesting censorship. I don’t like censorship so I immediately posted something similar on Facebook. Then I caught a link about the opposing side which related to piracy. Well as a writer, I’m against piracy too. Without finding out the facts, I’d just reacted. I didn’t take the time to research the issues and make a proper decision. It’s too easy to make these rash decisions when all we have to do is click.
In another situation, I had a person attack me openly on the internet without so much as contacting me and checking the facts. Several other people who weren’t even involved or present when the incident took place, jumped on the bandwagon and also attacked me without learning the facts. Why are we so easily swayed to attack and ask questions later? Haven’t we progressed over the centuries from “shoot and ask questions later?"
As responsible internet users, we need to research the facts and stop and think of the ramifications before we post. We need to think about the consequences of what we say and who we might hurt.
I know that I don’t respect what has taken place in this year’s political mudslinging. I still think there ought to be an option on the ballot for “none of the above.” This country is in serious trouble, and I for one want to hear what the candidates are going to do about the issues. The same is true for the other organizations I’m a part of. Accusations, name-calling and unprofessionalism do not solve a thing; they distract.
Think before you click.
Cindy A. Christiansen
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