By Kenneth Justice
~Earlier this morning I was at coffee and sitting next to me was an older gentleman who was quietly reading. He’d actually been sitting next to me for the better part of an hour, minding his own business as he had some book he was deeply enthralled in…..when all-of-a-sudden a young guy who had been sitting on the other side of the coffee shop from us, got up, walked straight toward our tables and confronted the older man,
“Do you got a problem with me man!” the young guy barked
The older gentleman was startled (as was I) and in a bewildered voice said, “Excuse me?”
“I asked you what your problem with me was!” the young man continued,
“Uh, I don’t know what you’re talking about, I was just reading my book” said the old man.
And with that the young man turned around, walked back to his table, and went back to work on his laptop.
—) There was no apology from the young man
—) There was no explanation for the outburst
—) There was no more conversation
The kid simply walked away and that-was-that.
The entire situation was obviously quite odd. The old man and I couldn’t figure out at first if the kid was being serious or not. “Perhaps he thought I looked at him crossly” the old man whispered to me after the kid walked away.
Isn’t this where life is at in Western Culture lately; people are literally out of their mind? Whatever went through the young guy’s mind I will never know, he was way too intense and pissed off and I wasn’t about to walk over to his table to see if he wanted a free counseling session.
People are on edge
Whether it’s the bad economy, whether its people are out of work, whether it’s that we’ve just forgotten to teach the younger generation good manners; the simple truth of the matter is that too many people are out of their minds!
Too often I find myself unable to figure out if people are being serious or not. There is so much craziness running rampant in Western Culture that a lot of people are spewing out all sorts of things and it’s difficult to determine what-is-fact and what is merely emotive frustration.
It doesn’t help things that Print-Media and News-Journalism is moving towards a precipice that appears to be pretty absurd. More and more articles I read on ‘respected’ NEWS sites are becoming a joke;
Consider these front page articles from Huffington Post;
–) “Britney Wears A Bra Top in Vegas“- a story about Britney Spears outfit
—) “It’s actually impossible to be more awesome than these two“– a story about two actors
—) “Kim Kardashian Hangs Out With Oprah Like It’s No Big Deal“– I think you can figure out what that one was about.
Instead of finding important pieces of NEWS on the front page I’m confronted with silly blather and nonsense. Hey, it’s one thing if you go to the celebrity section or to a Website that focuses on that kind of stuff; no problem, but to put it on the front page of a News Site; Really???
I mean…..come on now! Really?? Is that what classifies as important NEWS in Western Culture now? It’s no wonder that people are losing their minds….because NEWS journalism has apparently lost its mind; its replaced any level of integrity it had in reporting the NEWS with salacious celebrity gossip and silliness.
Perhaps it is no wonder why there is so much injustice in the world still; the people who are running the NEWS sites care more about telling us what Miley Cyrus is up to then the things that matter the most. And let’s be honest, the NEWS media has the ability to influence a lot of people. Whether we like it or not, they print the NEWS that people will end up spending their day thinking about.
A host on a cable NEWS show here in the States recently admitted that part of her clause in working for the station involved only wearing skirts; she wasn’t allowed to wear pants because the station wanted her legs on display for the television viewing office. Is it just me or is that outrageous? It’s the year 2013 and women’s bodies are still being used as props to sell the NEWS?
Of course….we all knew that NEWS stations do things like that…..but it’s another thing to get the actual hard facts from a reporter telling us she had to show of her legs.
I really need another cup of coffee,
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