It’s been several months since I unplugged from Facebook and Twitter. In that time, I thought I’d be free from reading about the constant bickering, disagreements, name-calling, posturing, threats, so-called “fact-checking,” and the host of other unsavory junk that comes from being on “social” (here I snicker at the term) media.
Alas, the long arms of those two platforms have reached out and wrapped their tentacles around the news media. It seems every other “news” article involves telling us what so-and-so (whomever is the most recent object of their hate and ridicule) has said on….you guessed it — social media. Good grief. Is there no escape? Is resistance really futile?
What ever happened to old-fashioned NEWS? You know… The “who, what, when, where, and why” kind that doesn’t attempt to tell me how feel about it. IE: A masked man. Robbed XYZ bank. Yesterday at noon. In Festerbestertonville, LA. End of story. Facts. Not feelings.
I was listening to an online weather report the other day that went something like this: “It’s going to be an awful, dreary day tomorrow with lots and lots of rain, and…”
Wait a second! Awful and dreary? But, I like rain. Sigh. Et tu, Brute?