Archive | August 2012

Attention Facebook Users

Alright. Let’s be honest. Election season is intense. Sensory overload with the billboards, the commercials and the facebook posts. When you think you should post an outrageous post about politics… liberal or conservative… please, please, please. Type in your status bar and then promptly delete it. I don’t want to delete you. But I don’t want my news feed cluttered with seriously biased information about how liberals are the downfall of America as we know it or conservatives hate all minorities. These are all logical fallacies.

The reality is, no matter who you wanna vote for, every politician in Washington (and in the race for presidency) have dirty hands and are all part of what has become of our country. I know, crazy?  Obviously, the president is the only person who makes decisions that affect the US. I mean we do not have a house of representatives OR a senate that play a part in all decisions. Checks and Balances? I did not have one of the best educations in history or civics but I do know that our government works by having checks and balances. Now you can argue that our system does not always see to work as well as we might want, but you cannot argue that President Obama is single handedly responsible for everything terrible in today’s American society. And, President G.W. Bush was also not solely responsible for the bad things that happened while he was in office.

Stop playing into the blame game. Start looking beyond the biased media and the propaganda. Go read some government documents to inform your decision. Yep, they are HARD to read and completely boring. But they are filled with documented facts… not exuding biases and slants that get us all up in arms about how the ____ have ruined life as we know it and we are all going to die.

Your post is not. I repeat, is not going to convince those with opposing views to have some epiphany and suddenly think your politics, based on these statuses and images/videos, are actually what they believe.  We just all get flooded with propaganda and… heated arguments will inevitably ensue on your timeline. That ain’t ever going away.

This is America. We are all free to speak our minds, but maybe have some sort of filter?  I’d like to believe that my “friends” on facebook are generally good people. Don’t air your dirty political laundry…it does not look good on you. Any of you.

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Gossip Girl likes to keep…

Gossip Girl likes to keep things classy and somewhat true.
– Serena

So means of communication are vast. We can immerse ourselves in information, conversation and gossip constantly. It is not “word of mouth” it is “word of fingertips”  Think about it. We update statuses. We tweet. We retweet. We post blogs. We see pictures. We read news. But we less frequently make a phone call or have a “face-to-face” conversation. right?!  Well that means Gossip’s path is changing. It’s not a game of telephone (in the old sense) anymore.

Don’t think that I am saying our vocal gossip is disappearing… that is most definitely untrue. BUT! We are gossiping with greater ease.

It also seems gossip and rumor are frequently conflated. Is gossip sometimes rooted in rumor? Sure. But not all gossip is necessarily rumor.. Ya know, kind of like all squares or rectangles but not all rectangles are squares. So perhaps, all rumor is gossip but not all gossip is rumor.  The connotation of rumor is just so negative–it stems from a dangerous space. Gossip can be good.

What does gossip mean? Well to me it is not simply situated in the realm of rumor or today’s best tabloid. We all do it. Gossip is conversation (where ever you hold that conversation, medium is up for grabs). It is not just stories overheard or Kim Kardashian’s latest possible marriage. Its both bigger and smaller than that. It is circulation of information. It helps our culture survive. It is not always vicious. It does not only dwell on the upper east side; it is alive and well in small towns and the country side. It just might be…the thread that holds us all together.