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Entertaining the Idea of Knowledge

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The good news is, people around the globe are getting more news, faster than ever before. The bad news is, people around the globe are getting more news, faster than ever before. This dichotomous world of information and misinformation (or disinformation) swells like a piece of rotting fruit before our eyes at an alarming rate. It leaves me to wondering if it will ever slow down. Newsfeeds, data, collected statistics and outright lies bombard us minute by minute on these electronic sidearms we toy with most every day… this may be why I swill down so much scotch. I keep trying to slow down the onslaught of tirades, memes and other useless dribble my computer screen spits at me while trying to determine what it all means. A good two or three fingers of Dewars and a long blunt of medicinal pots slows the electronic prattle to a distinguishable level, or at least a recognizable one. I suppose I could have taken the other route and jacked myself up to a high octane level of attentiveness by jamming a bunch of crystal in my nose, but I prefer to educate and entertain the way I eat; slow, savoring bites rather than gulping shit down as quick as possible.

There is no going back folks, the bar can’t be lowered. Information is being railed down our throat at a million miles an hour. Communication and retrieval of facts and fantasy is possible almost anywhere you stand on this planet…what a fascinating and frightening reality. At first this post was going to stay focused on attacking the mindless gruel being fed to us-what I call ‘non-news’. Fabricated celebrities and their unconfirmed rumors that waste so much time reporting bullshit like who’s fucking who or what some person (you have no idea what they are noted for) is wearing this week…just writing this shit makes me reach for more Dewars.

Who follows all this media nonsense anyway? What has it done to their brains? I’ve given up trying to stop the masses from watching the latest episode of Duck Dynasty or sitting in front of their computer screen for hours on end being numbed by YouTube videos. People will do what people will do and no amount of informing dialogue seems to retard the need they feel to entertain themselves with this mindless tripe, or fill their head with useless data. This speed of light means for informing the public on myriad subjects hones in on a quick fix to enlighten us-boiled down, encapsulated news allows you to gulp down more and more stories. The fault with this is that those entities out there providing the news to you are being supported through group notability-it doesn’t matter so much that you’re concise or accurate, what matters is how many people are paying attention to you.  This can get dangerous. I fall victim to this as well…frightening.

My sympathy goes out to today’s youth, who we expect to keep up with this insane paced barrage of edutaining flotsam. Mix that in with a diversion from the most state-of-the-art video games, and an entire music library at their fingertips…ADHD? Fuck, I’d have distraction issues too. So pour me some scotch and numb fuck their minds with Ritalin….try to be understanding. The word is cramming stuff into their brains and all anyone wants some days is to veg out and see the Kardashians-just don’t let it become the norm.

So here are some head scratching dilemmas to ponder in regards to information and knowledge. Who is going to regulate the information we receive? What will become the important criteria needed to obtain degrees and become leaders in the nation of our future? How do we form a more learned society when people are being pummeled daily by this non-news? How is one persuaded to use the tools of the computer age to build a better society when they’re constantly being distracted by sensationalized mediocrity? I need more fucking scotch-and some weed…my heads about ready to implode.

What do I suggest while standing at this pulpit? What’s my solution to this dilemma? Beats the hell out of me. Like you, I’m just an observer to this mess, but I have a feeling that the answer lies somewhere around a table of real live souls, trading thoughts and ideas with one another. Information will continue it’s worldwide dispersal at faster and faster rates, but true wisdom is nurtured through the interaction we have with one another. The human condition is best monitored through real humans. Rather than watching a bunch of crazy motherfuckers on some reality show, try going out and spend an evening with real flesh and blood crazy motherfuckers-unscripted-and see if you aren’t entertained and educated to a more fulfilling degree.

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