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.”

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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