Over at The American Spectator, James Bowman considers the gulf between pundits on the left and right, and provides his take:
In short, reality itself has become multiple and proprietary. It’s now “my reality” or “your reality.” Instead of meaning “what we can agree on” the word has now come to mean “what I think” — since there is presumptively no longer anything, or anything important, that we can agree on. Nowadays, our critics, columnists, and pundits can no longer be content merely to offer us their opinions. They insist on laying down the law. What they think is now what we — at least if we are decent and reasonably intelligent people — must think as well, and not to think as they think is therefore tantamount to classing ourselves with the venal or the idiotic. In effect, they become propagandists for their version of reality, which is like the reality that we all used to share but with the characteristic distortions and distensions of ideology.
Fans of Richard M. Weaver (and frequent visitors to this blog) will recognize the situation. Bowman continues from there, and closes, interestingly enough, with a movie recommendation. Give him a read.