The critical importance of honest journalism and a free flowing, respectful national conversation
needs to be had in our country. But it is being buried as collateral damage in a war whose battles include
political correctness and ideological orthodoxy.
~ Juan Williams
As a child born in an era before the Internet, I remember it being touted as the thing that would cut across cultural, ideological and socio-political boundaries by virtue of bringing people from distinct geographical, and ideological climes into close interaction. While that has indubitably happened, the Internet still bears the mark of its creators. There exist the rarely-acknowledged recesses of the internet: the dark or deep internet where specific software configurations along with specialized authorization gain one entry into a bevy of illegal activities like illegal drug trading and ethically-disputed pornography to name a few. Furthermore, the ubiquitous access to pornography, attention given to celebrity, and finally the polarizing often time jingoistic, sensationalist coverage of the daily news which aims to excite, instead of encouraging discourse – offers an honest reflection to contrast the thoroughly civilized rational beings we believe ourselves to be. At the same time, there is a growing trend among popular online social media outlets which is cause for major concern.
In short, I give you: