“The world is made up for the most part of morons, natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.”
I’m not sure when Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) said that but I doubt he ever imagined Facebook, or the idea of a TV personality with no political experience becoming the leader of the free world. Wait a minute. He did.
“When I was a boy, I was told anyone could be president. I’m beginning to believe it.”
Darrow became a leading labour attorney, civil libertarian and, for my money, one of the greatest common sense voices of the past century. One of his most celebrated cases was Scopes v. Tennessee, defending a man charged with teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution at a time when the holy rollers thought creation was the truth and anything else was blasphemy.
The trial became a play called “Inhert the Wind,” then a movie starring Spencer Tracy as Darrow, and Frederic March as his bible expert adversary, William Jennings Bryan (Matthew Harrison Brady in the film. Darrow’s character was renamed Henry Drummond).
In the film, Drummond challenges Brady’s “positive knowledge of what is right and wrong.”
”All you have to do,” he says, “is to knock on any door and say, ‘If you let me in, ’l’ll live the way you want me to live, and I’ll think the way you want me to think,’ and all the blinds’ll go up and you’ll never be lonely, ever again.”
Kinda like Facebook.
Check out this link I’ve reposted. OMG! Never mind that I only saw the headline, didn’t actually read it and have no idea if it’s legit but it’s on Facebook so that’s a reputable source of news, right?
No. It’s several levels below coffee shop gossip.
I could create a website that looks like a real news page, fabricate stories, post them on social media and have hundreds of people comment, repost and even make money on every click.
Just like anything from (making up names that may actually exist) the Truth dot com, They’re lying to you dot com, Who has time to read, dot com, or Fox News.
Actually, it turns out Trump supporters believe his words over all media, including right wing publications and networks so I’ll cut Fox some slack. Not much. They’ll continue with whatever slant makes them the most money.
Brady’s downfall in “Inherit the Wind” begins with claiming to be a prophet God speaks through and Drummond countering with, “God speaks to Brady and Brady tells with world.”
Which stuns the Brady faithful in the courtroom.
God is not on Facebook. He’s on Twitter (hey, if there’s anyone who can say it all in 144 characters or less, it’s the big man in the sky). And, in the Tweet of God, he replied to Trump’s plea to bless America.
No, he said.
It’s amazing to think Mark Zuckerberg created “the” Facebook as a social network for college kids. Not to change anyone’s mind or affect the outcome of elections. Not to promote restaurants or banks. Not to brag about kids, vacations or your soulmate.
No, Zuck has provided a platform for every nutjob, conspiracy theorist and uninformed crackpot.
And an audience of the same.
Hang on. Someone reposted on Facebook that Zuckerberg is going to share his billions with us! I’m going to be rich!