Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Monster they call "Media"

TV has come a long way since the good ol' days of Sesame Street.

I despise the media. Here are just a few reasons.

#1. I turn on the news and I can't ever hear a happy story anymore. All about murders, people getting killed, and the human race doing things that I just don't understand. Where is Anchorman when you need him? I watched the news every single night with my family in my youth. I don't actually remember so many negative stories, but I do remember the story little puppies being saved (ok.....not really, but I do remember good stories too).

#2. Our children have no sense of reality, largely due in part to the idolization of celebrities with facades that fool pretty much everyone. Also, there's only so long you can hide them from a Nikki Minaj, Iggly Azalea, or Kim Kardashian. I mean, I get suckered in too, however, I'm not a kid anymore. It's ok for me to understand that this was the year of the "butt". Or is it?

 #3 The local media (Oregonian) hasn't helped at all with improving our schools. Yes, there are things that need to be fixed or changed. However, how about focusing on the positive accomplishments of teachers and successes of students instead of publishing negative stories that destroy any pride that has been established?  Reporters claim they are unbiased. Whatever. Articles that have been written over the last year have been anything but unbiased. Write something that will help keep our schools intact.

#4 I'm done with Ferguson. Does the media frenzy help or make things worse?......we have our own opinions. Regardless of what side you fall on I think you can agree that the media hasn't made things any better.

There are too many other examples to list.

The point is.........there are a lot of bad things happening in the world right now that the media has a frenzy on. I'm not discounting all of these "real" stories and knowing that in many areas of the world people are barely staying alive because of many reasons. I'm so lucky to be as privileged as I am. I don't have to worry about food, shelter or a loving family. However, we do have to worry about the "disease" of media. In this upcoming year I'm hoping the media coverage uses its power to do "good" instead of focusing on the "bad". Sometimes I envy those who live a simple life without all of the "static" of the human race. I will continue to pay it forward by just being a good human being. I will continue to use the "power" of teaching to teach our youth what is right and how to treat one another. All it takes is just reaching a few for them to pay it forward too. Eventually, we will get there.......eventually. However, it will take a lot more than just one person.

Thanks all for listening to my rant......I feel better now. ;)

Take care everyone!