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Mary Kay Kare

Well, I'm 62, but my favored news channel is MSNBC. Even though a long-time science fiction & fantasy reader I've never liked the dystopian stuff. Pointless misery of Republican white folks is what I dislike in mainstream fiction & a big part of why I read F&SF. Note that I know a large number of people in my age cohort who feel the same way.

Mary Kay Kare

Kaleberg

I'm sixty and I know I'm going to die. I still intend to do a lot of living. I have friends, family and a future. I've had enough family and friends die by now, some all too young, to feel that death is a stranger.

In fact, the knowledge that one will die can be a comfort. I was updating my will the other day, and my new lawyer noted that I hadn't designated what happened in a certain unlikely case. I asked if I had to designate something. He told me I didn't. That was wonderfully liberating. I didn't have to decide now, and I wouldn't have to decide then. I'd be dead. In fact, in this case just about everyone I've ever cared about would be dead too, so I wasn't even making trouble for anyone I cared about. If things go that bad, let some other poor bastard sweat it. He or she will be paid.

I don't think Fox News is about the fear of death. It is about fear, particularly about the fear of change. When one grows up with a hierarchical view of society, changes in that hierarchy can be terrifying if you are of a fearful temperament. In a way, Fox News is aimed at those with a fear of life.

bad Jim

Imminent catastrophe is Christianity's oldest tradition. It's written in in the gospels that we are living in the end times, and many who were raised in the evangelical tradition continue to believe it, despite the world's stubborn persistence. It's in the Bible, so it must be true.

MJ

I have lately been thinking along much the same lines-- my dad, who's 63, retired last year and has suddenly begun watching Fox News. He's always been a Republican, but now he's turning into one of the paranoid, xenophobic, angry Republicans that he used to ridicule. It's painful to watch. He seems to have forgotten the union that guaranteed him the comfortable pension on which he retired, and now he worries about "death taxes" and illegals and IRS e-mails that must exist somewhere.

I guess I should just be thankful he's not a gun nut like some of his friends.

Lance Mannion

MJ, it's definitely something that happens. But I don't think it's exclusive to Fox News watchers. They seem to be more prone to it, but my father, one of the most sensible people I know when it comes to politics, a former politician himself, and a great liberal has lately taken to watching MSNBC and CNN's talking heads and the way he talks about politics, although still liberal, is angrier and more narrow and in fact less informed than it was. It's all about the latest outrage. I'm wondering if it's television itself or the way the "news" is presented on all the networks.

bobbyp

Not because they’re closet progressives who’ve intuited that the world as they know it needs to end and not because they’re subconsciously coming into wisdom and are realizing there’s a time and a season and theirs has run its course and it’s time to hand it off and move on.

Or they have intuited that the world as they know it shall end as all things do (wisdom)and the time has come to take it with them.

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