The downside of a social media obsessed, technology-driven world

A lot of good has come from the technological advances of the digital age we currently live in, but with the good comes the bad. On radio this morning, Glenn discussed two stories that reflect the worst of what social media and the Internet has to offer. Are we living in a world that no longer enjoys ‘real’ experiences? What are the implications of such a society?

On Wednesday, the front page of the New York Post featured what many are now calling the ‘worst selfie of all time’. The photo features an unidentified woman taking a picture in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. The caveat: A man is standing on the railing of the bridge about to commit suicide behind her.

“There's a guy up on the bridge in New York and he's about to commit suicide and this girl's down at the bottom of the bridge and she's taking a selfie of herself with him in the background,” Glenn said. “Like, ‘Look I'm here with a guy who's about to kill himself.’”

The Post captured the whole incident and approached the woman about her identity in motive. She refused to respond, which perhaps demonstrates she is somewhat remorseful for her inappropriate behavior.

“She might have been feeling ashamed at that point,” Pat mused. “You should be ashamed.”

“I think she was,” Glenn agreed. “But I mean that's what we are now. Instead of saying, ‘Hey, everybody, let's say a prayer for that guy,’ we all pull out our cellphones and just take pictures and videos of everything. Why?”

The other story involves the tragic passing of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker passed over the weekend. While many fans flocked to social media to express their sadness and offer condolences to Walker’s family and friends, not everyone was so respectful.

“You know they set up the makeshift memorial and one of his co-stars showed up… [and was] obviously distraught. I mean he's crying. He's grieving – a real friend grieving for a… real friend being lost,” Stu explained. “And it was just weird to see everyone surrounding there at the memorial just with their cameras up filming him grieving. It's just weird.”

This incident followed the insensitive tweet sent out by Jezebel news editor Erin Gloria Ryan in the immediate aftermath of Walker’s passing, in which she wished Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had died instead.

Even more egregious, a writer for the online magazine Modern Women Digest, Adora Bull, has reportedly been taken into “police protection” and is on “suicide watch” after the Internet exploded with anger over her post entitled “The Top 5 Reasons I’m Glad Paul Walker is Dead.”

“What does that even mean? What did that guy do to her,” Glenn asked disgusted. “It is just people are not people anymore. We can't be that way. We just can't be that way… Change your ways. Help us stay the course.”

Glenn went on to describe how even his own encounters with fans have changed due to technology.

“We were talking about this earlier today. When I meet people, so many times people will be looking at their screen of their phone instead of looking at me,” Glenn explained. “They will be coming and approaching me with their phone out, and they are looking at me through the screen and they can't even find my hand to shake my hand because they want to get that [picture].”

“It's like you're watching it on TV as you're doing it. What are we doing,” he asked. “It's just this weird thing we're going through right now that I hope goes away, so we start to have real experiences again.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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