Not too long ago, the big three news networks – known colloquially as “the mainstream media” or “MSM” – ruled America with an iron fist. Like Stalin, Castro, and Alec Baldwin, they rose to power by stepping on the corpses of their enemies and squashing all opposition with brute force. The peasants were helpless: hungry for knowledge, and thirsty for change.
Then, from the brilliant cybernetic mind of Al Gore, the Internet was born. Waves of information swept over the country like a melting glacier, leaving millions wet with knowledge . . . and fossil fuels. In an instant, the mainstream media had their Bolsheviks: rival news organizations, websites, and bloggers with which they were forced to compete. Gone were the days when anchormen like Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather delivered the news with unquestioned authority (and possibly no pants).
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