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.”

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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