Thursday, December 12, 2013
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An image of Trayvon Martin and a bullet shell keychain are seen at a protest in Los Angeles on July 15 in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the fatal shooting of the teenager in 2012.
2013 File Photo/The Associated Press
We can write letters. We can go to community meetings. We can protest. Our beautiful little communities are worth it.
Current events drive reader to search for distractions
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy ..." Remember that old song? But this summer's goings-on make livin' anything but easy!
I'm talking about what has to be a bonanza for all of the media -- and a downer for the rest of us. Let me give some examples:
• The Lac-Megantic train crash and explosion (tragic -- criminal charges?); the horrendous San Francisco plane crash (pilot error?).
• Criminal cases: (in Boston, alone), those of Whitey Bulger, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and Aaron Hernandez. What about Pfc. Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden's continuing saga at the Moscow airport?
• Of course, in Augusta, we have the governor and the Democrats still going at it. And in Congress, between the immigration bill and the fiasco of Obamacare, we have left-wing Democrats fighting with moderate Democrats and right-wing Republicans fighting with middle-of-the-road Republicans.
• Overseas, we are all aware of the awful chaos and killings in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Pakistan.
• Even in regional sports there has been major change, with the Celtics trading their top scorers and the Bruins making multi-player trades.
As for me, I'm going to distract myself from all this (at least until Congress goes on their yearly August "break") by happily watching the good play of the Red Sox, going to a rave-movie like "Despicable Me 2," watching the exciting new TV series "Under the Dome" and enjoying the stock market making record highs.
'Old schooler' doesn't need social media to enjoy friends
I would like to believe I am not alone in praying that social media and its ugly offspring have reached a saturation point and will soon go the way of telegrams and phone booths.
What makes TV and print media feel I need to hear or read tweets from anyone commenting on a story, particularly so-called celebrities commenting on anything, knowing darn well most cannot develop a clear thought unless it was on a script?
The same goes for anyone with opposable thumbs and a cellphone who feels the need to share their deep and well-thought-out opinions.
And can we get through a broadcast without hearing the terms "like us" and "hashtag"? What is a hashtag, anyway? It looks like the pound sign or number symbol to me.
Call me old school, but when I want to share something with a friend or family member, I call or go see them. When I want to show pictures of my new grandson, I show them in person.
We are becoming a nameless and faceless society that relies on anonymity and electronic communications for human interaction. Soon we will forget how to say "hello" to another human being in person.
For those who claim a desire to safeguard your privacy, you think nothing of plastering your entire life onto a computer for the world to see.
Old schoolers of the world, rise up and unite in returning to a world of human interaction. I may not have hundreds of "friends," but the ones I do have are real.