what’s that all about…

One might say I’ve been a rather sub-dude lately given the level of jackassery going on in the world.  No tirades about Tiger, no bombasts about airplane bombers, no heckling about health care, no vitriol about Vick, no oratories on Obama  and no gurgitation about government  (is that a word???).  The truth is….I’m sick of it all.  And it’s all we hear about from the media.  All the crazy-ass dimwits who appear on the news or TMZ and I’ll grant you there isn’t much difference between the two.  How about today’s advances in cancer treatments?  Any new breakthroughs?  Or about HIV, or TB or MS, or world hunger?  Nothing that grand?  Well, how about the millions of people who volunteer EVERY DAY to help someone else?  How about regular stories about people doing good things, and not the sanctimonious little featurettes about “Our Heroes” that always pop up on the news during sweeps weeks.

Queen Mimi made an excellent point…why don’t we hear more stories about the folks that prevented the nutjob from blowing up a plane on xmas day?  All we get is Yemen-this and Airport-Security-Gaffes that.  Airport security is run by the government.  That’s a hint and a half for your ass right there.  Entrust your life to the gang that brought you social security? That’s a larger risk than the airplane ride itself.

The point of all this, I guess, is that these topics mentioned above, and others, are little more than easy potshots that need little brain strain to get by.  I think I need a nap…

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11 responses to “what’s that all about…

  1. Nah, you don’t need a nap; your pithy prose is spot on and gave me a huge smile (some mental floss sorely needed on this root canal day of mine!)

    Mind you, lifelong learners who grow weary of the vapid pop culture zeitgeist may feel the need for a lobotomy to relieve the painfully devolved sensationalism that passes for headline news, but in keeping with your upbeat approach, I’ll give a nod to the good ol’ internet citizen journalism that blows a gaping hole in the steel trap confines of the mind.

    It’s fabulous that folks can now sniff a whiff of a trail to ‘search for signs of intelligent life in the universe’ and be rewarded with social discourse among those who don’t give a rats patooie about Paris, Tiger, Britney et al…So THANKS for the jolt.

    Reinforces my humanist side knowing we’re not all yakking in an echo chamber; many truly ARE using thinking matter to make a difference on this ol’ blue marble. So here’s to finding positive posts (& people) in 2010…Bravo.

    p.s. (btw, landed here via my pal Dr. Robyn’s blog)

    • “Mind you, lifelong learners who grow weary of the vapid pop culture zeitgeist may feel the need for a lobotomy to relieve the painfully devolved sensationalism that passes for headline news, but in keeping with your upbeat approach, I’ll give a nod to the good ol’ internet citizen journalism that blows a gaping hole in the steel trap confines of the mind.”

      I like that….thanx for stopping by…

  2. You’re so right. We never hear anything of the positive side, although the media hype is all about shock value of course. Sad thing is, the media also pulls their pants down, letting our “enemy” know what happened, what we’re planning to do, giving them another opportunity to try to destroy us again. I don’t believe in telling the public “too much”. Why TMZ has sadly trickled into the news media ‘somewhat’ as creditable is beyond me. They really don’t have many stories that weren’t of truth, yet for me, it’s simply gossip and entertainment, if you even wanna call it that.

    You said: “Any new breakthroughs? Or about HIV, or TB or MS, or world hunger? Nothing that grand? Well, how about the millions of people who volunteer EVERY DAY to help someone else?”

    You’ll only see that on a Sunday morning news show, when all negative media has been spewed out from the previous week before. :\

    I feel your pain!!!

  3. Are people in such a foul and griping mood because of what’s covered on the news or do they cover what people seem in general to be asking for.
    Everybody is afraid of everything.
    Supposedly well trained people succumb to the hype and fear and are nauseated when they smell HONEY!
    GEEZ!
    This is why I prefer watching channels like Discovery where at least my daughter and I can learn about current science advancements.

    *sigh*

  4. i want honest to goodness news. not endless streams of celebrity gossip nor constant blabbering speculation about whether or not the bomber’s mother not kissing him goodnight led to his violence. where the hell is walter cronkite? oh, yeah…spinning in his grave.

  5. snowelf

    I totally agree. I am exhausted from watching all of this crazy finger pointing and negativity. The health care “reform” (snort) sucks, I don’t give a crap if Tiger is gaining more of a gentlemanly pimpish status than Hugh Hefner, and I certainly am sick of hearing about the underwear bomber and the reaction to Obama’s response to it from the Cheney family. Who died and made the Cheney’s the center of the universe? The best piece I heard all week was about the pictures of the “baby universe”. (Aww look at the stars being all infantile and cute and stuff.) I think since the government wants to have their hands in everything, they should mandate the media to make half of the stories on the news positive stories. (Of course, this would somehow include 1.5 million awarded to the head of the development of research in truffle farming in Indiana somewhere in the bill…)but at least we’d hear something that may make us smile for once. 😉

    –snow

  6. We get the local newspaper. I read the comics and do the crossword puzzle. Oddly, although the crossword puzzle requires some familiarity with current events for successful completion, you don’t really have to read the news to keep up. The idiocy comes at you from all sides, including office gossip and waitresses at the pizza joint down the street.

    I need to be stranded on a tropical island where I can learn to ferment the juice of native tree fruit for survival.

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