(I wrote this in the very early morning at 750words, but my website’s been down almost all day due to hacking attempts at my hosting service. So yay. I probably should have edited before posting, but eh, I’m at work now.)
It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood and, and yes I have mentioned this in other outlets, the jingle in the ‘hey, Canada, Target is opening some stores here!‘ commercial is still one the most annoying things going these days. Y’don’t fuck around with Mr Rogers and his oeuvre, y’all. I have a whole skeleton to pick with whomever is responsible.
Especially since some folks on YouTube had to ask what the ‘cute’ song was because they didn’t know where it was from. They thought it was a catchy nearly atonal original track.
Really, I should just follow my own advice and not read the bottom half of the internet. I’m no Dave Gorman, so it’s really not going to give me any kind of real inspirations of hilarity. At least not today.
But y’know what? It’s a fine day for an old lady rant. My back hurts, my immune system is waging a war against spring with all its might, and, the other day, Amazon recommended that I pick up the DVDs (or, gawd, were they blu-rays?) of the Father Dowling Mysteries. I’ve been humming this. Sometimes it drowns out the Tarzhé jingle.
As much as I’m writing this on a blog on my own site, and I have written hundreds of thousands of words in this space, and I’m one of those people who tweets more than a little excessively, I’m a little sick of democracy on the internet. I miss the days when opinions in newspapers were only rationally (if not always entirely accurate) written letters from/to the editor rather than numbskulls using the CBC website to post their almost apologetically pro-eugenics rants when Native issues come up, or folks wondering in near-English protowords about how Lady Gaga is so fat now lol.
The instantaneousness of internet commentary has lessened the ‘need’ for critical thinking, which was already at dearth levels (probably – I really have nothing to back this up, which may be more evidence of this).
Of course, in this sea of idiocy, there is plenty of genius. (Someone floated an idea (on Twitter) that Snopes should be integrated into Facebook. Can we get onto that already?) But are the duhhhhhhs winning the word war? Well, my fussy old self doesn’t read much news online anymore because even the BBC’s website allows for commentary on some stories and I don’t care for it.
(And, seriously, H&M finally, eventually, making landfall in town was the top story/talking point on local news outlets this week…until Oprah came to town, girlfriend! I wonder what pablum she served to the people willing to pay $300 to see her. I know, right? What’s wrong with me for not adoring one of the most beloved broadcasters in the world? Well, her cult leader-like status creeps me out a lot, especially since she believes in her own hype and only occasionally knows what she’s talking about, and I find anyone who brands charities with their own name a little suspect. Why not support established organizations instead of building a single, expensive, seemingly disorganized school with your name plastered all over it? See also Madonna. And good on Joyce Banda.)
Obviously, news outlets are not without bias, but really, if one is aware of that, one should be able to figure out which snippets to take with whole shakers worth of salt.
Ingesting and believing things as soon as they are read or heard isn’t really a choice anyone should be taking anymore, she says as she preaches to the non-masses – there are too many uncertainties to do so. One need only compare statistics on protests – rarely do the participants and police report even remotely close attendance statistics – or even look at the Toronto Star’s coverage of Mayor Ford, who has had a beef with the paper for years and refuses to cooperate with them (or even provide them with press releases, FFS). Not to say that their criticisms are wrong, but it provides fuel for a fire that thousands want warm their hands on. Giving the people what they want is exactly why H&M and Oprah were so heavily featured this week. Hell, the CTV News team were positively giddy and calling for O to get in touch with them via Twitter. That seems…cheap/unseemly for media outlets, no?
As usual, I have no solutions. And I will continue to tweet my thoughts on world events/the new episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ tonight. The difference is that no one HAS to read what I say. Most places, reading reactionary commentary is so visible, it’s impossible to avoid a top comment at least.
Anyway, I just got a Chromebook this week. I am shopping for apps or extensions that will hide most internet comments sections. Anyone got any ideas?