Kevin’s Conversations: When the Loudest One Wins

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9 Responses

  1. Jean says:

    Good and timely article Kevin. Thank you.

    “We can do better.”

    Yes we can. Keep pushing us to do just that.

  2. Josh the Baptist says:

    I take it you are a Steven A. Smith fan? 🙂

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    “Scarce with facts but full of bravado and flamboyance.”

    It seems to be the culture of the day. At one time, learning was honored and musicians had to put in their “10,000 hours”. Now, as you say, “the loudest one wins”. I’ve watched it in university classrooms over almost four decades. I guess it takes a bit of humility to figure out that you don’t know it all and someone else may have a valid position…

  4. Kevin H says:

    Josh,

    Unfortunately, the man has done much work in the Philadelphia market and I believe resides in the area. So I have been exposed to him more than even most sports fans across the nation.

  5. Josh the Baptist says:

    Wow. Yeah. He is obnoxious.

  6. Michael says:

    What we miss in these discussions is the physiological effect of these shows, whether the screaming is about politics or sports.
    People don’t listen for information anymore…they listen to get wound up and upset or excited.

    The brain gets used to this constant surge,like strong coffee in the morning.

    The problem is that the content now has to do this every day and there is no distinction made between real issues and ones made from whole cloth.

    We all grow less intelligent and more irritable daily…

  7. bob1 says:

    #6 Agree totally.

    A populace who doesn’t care about truth and substitutes emotion for fact is a civilization in danger of folding.

    “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.”

    Hannah Arendt, famous poiitical theorist

  8. Erunner says:

    As for as sports talk I like Mike & Mike, Colin Cowherd, Around The Horn, and Highly Questionable.

    You’ve got a glut of sports talk on the tube and they all talk about the same things with ratings being the bottom line. So they gotta do something to attract viewers. And when it comes to ratings Steven A. delivers.

    It actually relaxes me to watch the various ESPN and Fox talkies. I get my highlights and commentary along with Golic dressed as Kim Kardashian!! 🙂

    There’s a lot to pick at in the church as it’s everywhere via social media. I try to maintain equilibrium when I comment on things here but find I can be out there myself. Looking at ourselves is key as you pointed out Kevin. None of us have arrived.

    OTOH some of us are approaching the age where it’s not safe to get too worked up about anything! 🙂

  9. dusty says:

    Good thoughts Kevin, thanks for this.

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