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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Modern marvels

For all the wonders of new technology, nothing beats a small town rumor mill.

That's the frightening conclusion of this Washington Post visit to a neighborhood on Findlay, Ohio.

Of course I'm taking a little liberty because the Republican Fear and Smear Machine is planting the rumors thanks to the assistance of that technology. But the ability of fear to spread on whispers and knowing nods, especially in small, tightly knit and somewhat close-minded communities, is a well known characteristic of propaganda.

Food for thought as we ponder Barack Obama's decisions to opt out of the campaign finance system to fund efforts to tell his side of the story and to create a web site to debunk rumors.

Not that the good folks in communities like Findlay, Ohio will find the web site. Heck, their candidate doesn't even know how to use a computer.

So much for any rip-off Mac vs. PC commercials. And maybe we should be grateful for that.

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