I’ve been keeping up with Jeff Jarvis over at buzzmachine and his research into complaints about television programming, FCC censorship, and the like. What’s interested me about it is just how few crazies it takes to freak out networks, sponsers, and get television shows slapped with FCC fines.
Just how few does it take?
In a country of about 260 million, about 23.
His latest rant is about wingnuts and religion in America:
There is a debate supposedly emerging — even raging — in this country:
One side says that religion is under attack in America.
Another side says America is under attack from religion.
Jeff goes on to say that too much is being made out of a few wingnuts. They’re getting too much screen time with the media and bloggers are spending too much time screaming about them. It makes the nutty crazies in the country look like a majority.
My worry? That the nutty crazies will scream so long and so loud that they start to look normal. In response, I’d like to remain screaming loud and long on my own end, as a sort of counterweight.
I think that’s fair.