People jumping to conclusions based simply on what region criminals are from, criminals being apprehended from crowdsourced reddit threads and iphone photos, and people reporting news in an ongoing twitter-lanche that makes me question what journalism has become.
More on this later – I suspect, much later.
But for now, suffice it to say, that
“What did your twitter feed look like when the 2nd brother was captured.”
“Where were you when man walked on the moon, or when the Berlin wall fell.”
I’m thinking about the mediated experience today…and wondering if we’ve really progressed with all this technology.
But again, I suspect I’ll be writing about this all later.
Why do people always do “Part 2′s” that are simply recreations of “Part 1?”
Or see Hangover 2, Matrix Reloaded, etc. etc.
Here’s to creating new things…
Apparently, Tide detergent is in trouble with its industry — because it actually stopped people from overusing laundry detergent.
“The previous major innovation in the category, concentrated detergents, actually boosted sales as American consumers persisted in over-dosing their loads despite the fact that they could effectively use less of the more expensive stuff.”
When people are bemoaning you actually helping your customers, and NOT contributing to overconsumption (not to mention the overuse of chemicals) — we have a problem.
Why is it we can’t handle seeing sports injuries that are deemed “too graphic?”
Or caskets coming home from our foreign adventures?
Is it perhaps that we, as a culture, aren’t adult enough to deal with the ramifications of the things we celebrate? And glorify?
Sorry, a bit heavy for a Monday I know…
Ads for Lincoln DVD’s as the “headline article?”
Tips on diet, weight loss, and Kristen Dunst being “disappointed” in kissing Brad Pitt?
Time for a new news source, I guess.
I’m starting here.
If you find any others you care to recommend, leave a comment. I’m dying over here.
An idea I’ve shamelessly stolen from the great comedian, Patton Oswalt, (although he applied it to owning Hummers, not assault weapons.)
To those who claim they have an American right to assault rifles and other multiple-round shooters to “defend the American way of life,” I say…let’s give them a chance.
Want to own one of these war-grade weapons? No problem.
In fact, we’ll give you an opportunity to shoot it. We’ll even pay for the artillery.
If you’re that interested in protecting your American freedoms, well then — saddle up. You can buy and keep the weapon – AFTER you’ve used it to defend our freedom in our foreign theatres like Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.
That’s the deal. You get the weapon – on the taxpayer’s dime. You just have to sign up for a two-year tour understanding those freedoms at a deeper level than the rest of us “America haters.”
Saddle up friends, see you in a bit.
Every day, my Facebook feed is overwhelmed with shares.
People sharing nice stories about kids with cancer with uplifting tales, God intervening in the lives of kids and animals, veterans who just want a chance to come home for an event, etc. etc. etc.
The problem, of course, is that most of these stories are bu**shi#.
People…snopes.com. It’s a good source to check into whether that thing you’re about to “like” or “share” has ANY basis in fact.
Please…my Facebook feed is a collection of doubtful tales, superstition, and hooey.
I’ve been thinking about the old cliché about putting all your eggs in one basket.
I think, at least for me, that this encouraged me to develop a wealth of interests, etc. But in hindsight, I’ve been thinking about how I need to choose less baskets. More focus, more depth on FEWER things.
Just a thought to kickstart a Monday.
I’ve been thinking lately about the plethora of ethnic food choices we now have – versus the extremely limited, and “Americanized” versions I grew up with in the Midwest, in the Eighties.
For me, being open-minded is staying young…being open to new experiences, being aware of other cultures, etc.
And, if nothing else, the wealth of food choices we now have is providing an openness to a formerly more close-minded society.
So here’s to traveling, to sampling, to experiencing, to…living.
It’s what keeps us young.
Now if only a few of us (myself included) would pick up another language…
I went to see college basketball this weekend.
Let me clarify — I went to see 7 basketball games this weekend,…as I watched my alma mater play in their conference tournament.
But something struck me…the lovely renditions of the Star Spangled Banner. Ah, fresh young voices hitting the high notes, and adding their own signatures to the classic tune. It’d be impossible to sing that well.
And, maybe…just maybe…there’s something else to that.
When I was young, the attendees of an event frequently sung along with the vocalist. Now, almost no one does. Why is that? Could it possibly be that these impressive vocalists are actually DISCOURAGING people from singing along?
Could these be just one instance among many (losing civics classes in school, people assuming Social Security is a right at 65, etc.) where we’ve chosen to reward the individual whilst devaluing our shared, common experience?
You might say I’m taking this too far…that it’s just one thing. And I might agree with you.
I wonder how many more we could come up with?