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Good Journalism 📰
Fish Farts 🐟💨
I’m officially old. I say that not because of a birthday or a sudden recognition that I am, indeed, 47. Rather, I say it because I’m increasingly pining for “the good-old days.” Now, I get it, Billy Joel. The good-old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.” But the good-old days were often good.
My latest longing? I miss the relevance of good journalism. The Washington Post published an ah-may-zing investigative piece on the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. It is a master’s class in effective information gathering and clear, concise, factual writing.
And it won’t matter a damn bit.
We are so polarized as a society that we are no longer able to be swayed by rational, factual work that might counter our dominant ideology. The ironic thing is, this piece will be off-handedly dismissed by supporters of its subject, who literally orchestrated the creation of the environment in which such things can happen. The fact that I have relatives — close relatives — who voted for that man — twice, and will unashamedly vote for him again if given the opportunity — is nauseating.
The other reason it won’t matter is because it’s long-form journalism and we have the attention span of gnats. And oh, by the way… if you don’t think these two things are related, go soak your head. A population that doesn’t have the time to educate itself on anything more than soundbites and snippets is easily manipulated by charismatic narcissists.
So yeah, I miss the old days when reading the news was a daily event. It didn’t happen in constant spurts of Tweets and posts before facts were gathered. It was something you settled in to soak in, knowing that the people delivering it were trained and knew the difference between fact, conjecture, opinion and propaganda. You grabbed the paper, you poured yourself a cup of coffee, and that’s what you did for awhile. A half hour. An hour. All damn Sunday morning. And when you were done, you were smarter, better, more informed. You weren’t a damn sheep.
God, I’m old.
In Other Writing …
Top 5 Things You’ll Learn If You Read This Whole Thing: Kids who grow up on communes aren’t very clean Baths can cause people to fart. Russians suck at coming up with excuses. Sweden has to look to Denmark for smart people who can solve their problems. Fish farts almost led to nuclear war. Bath…Keep reading
Give me my damn zombies! I am a fan of The Walking Dead. Yes, it’s still on TV. In general, I love dystopian stuff. There’s a reason the genre has existed for so long and that some of the classics are a part of it — Animal Farm, 1984, 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a way for us to deal with our anxieties when we realize exactly how fragile this thing called “civilization” really is. Of course, my contention is that the popularity of such things as The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games comes because they scratch an itch we don’t even feel. We aren’t consciously aware of our fears of societal breakdown. Just beyond our acknowledged senses is the thrumming hum that courses underneath.
The final season of TWD is being released in three parts. I just finished the first installment of eight episodes and found out the next eight won’t start dropping until 2022. Which, if you’re looking at the bright side, gives me something to write in the bottom chunk of today’s Puzzle Pieces.
Oh, and me? I’m a Daryl guy. You?
Today’s ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day
I got rejected today from a job I applied for … back in early May. It wasn’t a job I particularly wanted. It just paid something that actually approximated what independent data said my value was in the marketplace. At the time, while I watched my savings disappear as I continued to work my ass off for my previous employer at about a 50% to 60% discount, it seemed like a good idea to try to do something about it.
So I did. I applied for that job. And a few others. And then happened upon the position I currently fill. I had completely forgotten about the position for which I was rejected today. I heard absolutely nothing from them in the wake of my completion of their online application form, which was merely me entering the data I had already submitted to them through the resume they requested I attach.
Not a “Thanks for applying. We’ll get back to you.”
Not a “Here’s where we stand on filling this position we so urgently posted on the job boards.”
So if you don’t see why some workers don’t give really care to rejoin the almighty American workforce, let’s talk.
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Gotta stick around until The Walking Dead wraps up.
- Can’t wait to put all my useful knowledge to work in dystopia.
- Wifey Poo has surgery Thursday. She needs me.
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Interesting Things You Say to Your Spouse “Please don’t get killed by anyone using a sharp object. I don’t want to go to prison for the rest of my life.” This sentence that I said to Wifey-Poo this morning makes sense if you have a spouse who loves murder podcasts and TV shows. My hands…Keep reading
Welcome to the World of Real Estate Starting a new job today was a welcome relief from the drudgery of moving. After getting my ass kicked yesterday in the Great Fridge Swap, I welcomed the opportunity to use my brain instead of whatever physical power I might have left. This is the first time I’m…Keep reading
Perspective Matters I don’t know exactly when I learned it or from whom, but I’ve held “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” as a Truth-capital-T for a long, long time. Today I learned it’s a matter of perspective. Yesterday, I bragged about how I have become Mr. Fix-It. Today, the God of Home Improvement (Tim Allen?) smacked me in…Keep reading
Begone, Cabinet! There was a time not long ago when I had zero self-confidence with home repair or renovation projects. It seemed as if every time I tried something, I made the situation worse and often a lot worse. This runs counter to my DNA, as my father is constantly tinkering with things and fixing…Keep reading
Moving Is Fun … … when someone else does it. At just before 9 a.m., movers from Two Men and a Truck arrived at our Wentzville house. There were four men. Within three hours, they’d loaded up all the crap we had boxed and the furniture and other assorted LifeJunk we’ve accumulated through the years.…Keep reading
He Got the Shot I took Boy the Younger to get his first COVID vaccine today. He’s 12. I consider this the socially responsible thing to do, and, after struggling for months now with Longhaul COVID, I’m really not all that open to hearing the other side of the vaccine debate. I’ve made up my…Keep reading