Media connoisseurship… Learn to censor.
I am on a work break. (Yeah!) Today, I took turns being productive and efficient along with being a social network browser. It is unbelievable to me what some of my friends will post. Yet, this is “true story Tuesday.”
1. Someone posted that a certain president was “hilarious” on a certain show with a couple of plants on the set. Oh my. If that is funny, then I have completely lost my sense of humor. The real true story is probably that I am a highly-intelligent person whose sense of humor is complex enough to wilt those two ferns. Yes, those ferns need to die. Ergo, no more banal, unimaginative drivel from that venue.
2. A couple of friends enthusiastically re-posted a news story about a faulty boiler incident in Berlin that caused a 200-million year old dinosaur egg to hatch. How cool is that!!! Wow!!! The true story here is not about the well-preserved dinosaur egg, but that educated people, with post-grad degrees in the sciences posted it as the serious news story of the hour.
Oops. This is sounding like a rant. Okay, so who hasn’t laughed at non-funny material? (I have.) And who hasn’t believed an outrageous story before checking with Snopes? (Guilty.) So, I am not judging my friends who posted these things.
The true story I am lamenting is that we as a society are too-quickly ready and willing to digest what media throws at us–much like monkeys catching peanuts in their gullets because it is entertaining to someone else.