American life, or life in any other country, at any time, is what is lived by the people living it, as truism-sounding as that sounds.

And that life now, for better or for worse, includes media--which includes, for some, the internet. It is not as simple as the media has it right or wrong; the task is as it has always been--to make sense of one's own experience.

The proliferation of media certainly puts a strain upon our reason and our imagination; most of us most of the time are overwhelmed, and even the rest must sometimes take a break.

We must confront the images presented to us with an understanding of the reasons they are presented to us--the bias and purpose of the purveyor. Hard? You bet it is hard! But this is the task our teachers and our schools must prepare us for.

God, or whatever, help us if we fail!