The news has changed in recent years. Some will argue that the news was always skewed and they might be right, but I still think that it has been getting progressively worse, even in the past four years.
(So, it looks like I have been blogging for four years now. Woohoo!!! It was my intention to write an anniversary post, but, as some of you might have surmised from the frequency of my recent posts, I have been busy. I am currently covering for a couple of different people at work and, at the same time, working on some large projects that are very important and due shortly. This often leaves me frazzled and just out of juice by the end of the day. There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, but until I am completely out of that tunnel, I will not focus on the light. Knowing me, an avalanche will block the exit and the light will vanish. Oh, and once I’m out of that dark, dreadful tunnel, I will be fully entering a new position, which comes with a load of new stress. It sounds like a bunch of excuses, but, we all know that self-care is very important. I have to say that especially for myself because I often push that truth aside… That means that my posts still might be sporadic for the next foreseeable future and I might miss some of your posts. If I miss one that you think I should absolutely see, please feel free to send me an email through my Contact page and I will check it out when I am able to.
Look at me hijacking my own post… I promise, I will get back on topic, but I just wanted to ramble a bit more since apparently, this is also somewhat my anniversary post. Last year, I started Fun With Countries – a new series about different countries. Unfortunately, I did not take it past just a couple of installments. I do want to do more. I always want to do more… The one thing that does keep me going is “A Girl From The Apple Orchard.” It is a self-imposed challenge and I hate losing challenges, so I plow along. Catch up on previous parts today because Part 6 is coming this Thursday!)
Recently, I have been toying with the idea of incorporating Twitter more on those days when I am just too drained to post here. It is not to replace long-form but to maintain the interactions. I really do enjoy hearing from you. I have not hashed out the idea fully, yet, but if you are on Twitter, and see me post sometimes, feel free to respond and say “Hi” or whatever. For now, it’s mostly an echo chamber, which defeats the whole purpose.
(Are you as lost in this virtual/ blogging/ writing world as I am?)
Sorry about that. My fingers just kept on typing and I could not make them stop. Well, that is a lie, but no one would probably know if I had not admitted it. Right? That brings us back to the change in the news between decades ago and now. No, I am not going to talk about fake news and opinion pieces. Yes, it seems that it is hard to actually find news nowadays. So much (most?) of it is just covered in opinion batter, deep-fried in opinion, dipped in opinion, and served with opinion. On Sunday, I watched a short video about the ‘contamination’ of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. As a result, millions of them had to be disposed of. The contamination was mentioned at the beginning of the video and then never again. Instead, the rest of the clip focused on supply higher than demand for vaccines and people who encouraged others to take the COVID-19 shot. I clicked on the video to find out what the contamination was. Unfortunately, I was unable to find out from either the article or the video. Maybe it was a bad source. Probably. But, that does not give us permission to just not give people the whole story.
Apparently, after a bit more digging, I found out that the contamination due to the lack of a hygiene regiment of some of the employees at the production plant.
YIKES! No wonder the initial video did not share that.
Another part of this day and age news that I do not get is longevity. There are some pieces that I will see on the first page of the news website, read it, only to not be able to find it a couple of hours later. There are also others that are posted and talked about for weeks.
For example, the article on the topic of TSA’s transphobia has been popping up on the first page for WEEKS! Some sort of a social media influencer (who else?!) TikToked (Is that the correct phrase?) about her terrifying experiences at the airport. She goes on to explain the security process she goes through every time she travels by air. When she goes through a body scanner, it is always set off by her “should not be there” body parts. I actually did not know that, but it does make sense – the airport scanners are adjusted to male/ female whenever someone is about to get scanned. (Ahhhh! That is why they tell you to wait a few seconds before they wave you in!) The influencer looks like a woman but has some manly parts between her legs, which sets off the alarm. If she was to be scanned as a man (which she refuses and gets offended), the alarm would still go off because of her breasts. (But some men have larger pecs and or straight up enlarged breast tissue, so I wonder how that works.)
Once the alarm goes off, the pat-down must occur. Yes, I have been pat-down before and I have to admit that I completely detach when that takes place. I am mostly sure that the person doing the patting does so not out of their desire for me but because it is a simple part of their job. In fact, I think most of them hate it. Especially in today’s day and age when they can get accused of sexual harassment, etc. This influencer reports that she was asked whether she would prefer to be frisked by a man which she refused, and expressed offense. OK, I understand their preference. However, I wonder if they ever stopped and thought of how (un)comfortable the TSA woman might be frisking a woman with manly parts between her legs. (If you are a TSA employee, can you refuse to frisk someone you are not comfortable patting down? I might have an opportunity to ask that question in the next couple of days and I hope not to forget to do so.)
It seems that we tend to have a hard time seeing other people’s points of view nowadays. We seem to care about our own comfort a whole lot but do not see the need for others to feel comfortable, too. I am someone who values their comfort A LOT. I will tell you to take care of yourself before you take care of others because otherwise there will be no one to take care of those others. However, I like to think that I am also the person that (in a perfect situation in which my buttons are not pushed, I feel alright, etc.) will ensure other people’s comfort before my own. Sure, let us have discussions about our comfort levels, but let us also make sure to ask others how THEY feel about all that.
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