Democracies work only when the voters have reliable, accurate information upon which to base their decisions.
In the United States, reliable, accurate information is getting harder and harder to come by. It is not that we aren't bombarded with information because we are - it's that the information is being used to create a false reality - a virtual reality.
The manufactured version of reality is presented on television. Newspapers publish canned and sanitized stories from a monopoly provider - American Pravda.
The truth - if one is interested, must be ferreted out on the internet by reading the same stories from different sources. The cognitive dissonance that results from the two entirely different realities is reminiscent of Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone.
In an article titled "Without A Doubt", Ron Suskind quoted an senior Bush advisor which confirms the suspicion of a false reality.
The creation of a virtual reality became
government policy during the Reagan
Administration as reported by James
Kelso in an article titled 'Control
of the American News Media'.
The following is an excerpt from that
This sounds more like a policy of the Soviet Union or Communist China than it does the United States but the Iran-Contra scandal nearly brought down the Reagan Administration. Leaders in power are all the same, they want to stay in power. The media - TV and press exposed the corruption of our foreign policy and as such, they represented a threat to that power and the ability to abuse it.