We are constantly bombarded with images that reduce complex issues of our economy into the most easily identifiable symbols. These images condition us to make immediate visual connections: Republican equals evil and liberal equals what is good for the nation. Television isn't reality. It's reality personified. Black, white, Hispanic, Republican, Democrat — they're all distilled into the most easily digestible image.
And a public that has grown up learning more through images than words just swallows it whole then spits it back at one another in a passive form of intolerance and condemnation — the sort that leads us to visually sum people up without ever bothering to listen to what they might actually have to say.