The elitist, debonair, latte-sipping liberal that used to post to this blog is gone. In his place, I proudly present a NASCAR-lovin', Budweiser chugging, good ol' boy conservative.
Last November, as I despaired over the reelection of Bush, I discussed a Republican coworker of mine, whom I affectionately referred to as Bubba. I theorized that the reason that we disagreed so often in our political discussions was not because of our base differences in philosophy (mine being liberal and his being conservative) but rather because I mostly take in my news from sources that are biased to the left, whereas his are biased to the right. I suggested that perhaps we'd see more common ground if we did a media swap for a number of weeks.
Common sense soon prevailed and I happily sank back into my cozy liberal world. Listening to Rush Limbaugh? Good god! What was I thinking?!?
Today, for some inexplicable reason, we decided to begin the experiment. For the next 4 weeks I will no longer:
- Listen to NPR
- Read Salon
- Read the New York Times
- Exercise critical thought
Bubba, on the other hand, will be wallowing in NPR and Salon.
So, I had the radio on all day today. I heard Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and Sean Hannity. Within minutes, I began to experience the five stages of political grief. They are:
All in all it was a pretty unpleasant beginning to the Great Media Swap experiment. I hope that I'll be open-minded enough to gather a better understanding of my conservative brethren, or that it will be ludicrous enough to fuel a few blog posts. Either way, I'll keep you posted.
Go Dale Earnhardt Jr.!