Talking Loud And Saying Nothing

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- We live in a time when, thanks to the internet, everybody has platform to speak out, for better and--mostly--for worse.

There are blogs, tweets, Instagrams, Snapchats, and on and on. There’s YouTube, Reddit, radio talk shows, no one is ever deprived of an immediate outlet for their howling.

Back in the day, you might not always know what was on everyone else’s mind. Sometimes you’d never know.

Somehow, we survived.

But now everybody is venting hard all the time, even when the moment or topic cries out for silence.

Presidential interviews and off-the-cuff comments used to be a semi-unusual event, but no longer.

I thought President Obama had explored the outer limits of overexposure, but he was a terse recluse compared with his successor, who could benefit from listening more and talking less, as we all could.

Yesterday, he started ad-libbing at an event in Ohio and was oversharing about his irritation with Democrats who refused to spring to their feet along with the Republicans at last week’s State of the Union address. He said they were “treasonous” and “un-American” for failing to do so. “They certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”

I suspect this will not advance the causes of bipartisanship and national unity he championed in that address, any more than the on-camera Democratic sulking did.

And this president is far from the only offender.

Online and on the air, we could all benefit from Mark Twain’s immortal advice--better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

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