We have been listening to a lot of talk radio lately AND WE LOVE IT! What a delightful and responsible way to educate people about America’s virtues! And it happens 24/7. And incredibly the hosts never run out of things to say – perhaps because they repeat themselves repetitively and then attack others for not repeating what they have said multiple times. No doubt – it is a winning formula and America is better for it. As Alexis de Tocqueville states in his semenal work Democracy in America: Love It or Leave It, “talk radio is why America kicks Europe’s flatulent ass every single day of the year.” (Can’t find the citation right now). He then notes how talk radio has enhanced the marketplace of ideas by teaching Americans (i) to be judgmental without using good judgment, (ii) to disagree disagreeably, (iii) to be knowledgeable without being factual, and (iv) to be immodest while pretending to be modest. (Citation to be provided at a later date).
Here are some other lessons from talk radio that de Tocqueville extols:
1. don't piss of sponsors, 2. don't whisper when you can shout, 3. don't use 3 words when you can use 20, 4. your opponents are never mistaken; they lie, 5. the host is never mistaken; his comments are taken out of context, 6. people who disagree with the host are evil, 7. the host should never hesitate to promote himself, even if he doesn't like to do so (fortunately, he likes to do so), 8. if the host has any flaws (and he doesn't), he should never admit them - or acknowledge any doubts (because he doesn't have any - duh), and 9. don't piss off sponsors (here at Pungent Sound, we don't have any sponsors - need to work on that). Sorry - got to go. The commercial just ended. Luvgood Carp, Editor-in-Chief and Adjunct Professor for Student Loans.