Friday, April 19, 2013

A is for Animosity

 This week's insanity in Massachusetts (apologies to Waco, Texas, but the action up North is just simply way more Michael Bay) has been borderline unfollowable. The breakneck speed in which events have played out has been a grueling litmus test for modern media coverage, and with a key part of the story still unwritten and presumably running around a residential neighborhood of Boston's suburbs, we can't really give a final grade on how the media has dealt with it all. Don't get me wrong, it's been nothing short of Larry, Curly and Moe, no doubt in my mind. But you can't mark an exam until it's finished, and further yet, it might be unfeasible altogether to assess who and what actually qualifies as media coverage.

Juggernaut CNN has taken an absolute beating this week from social commentary, and nothing sums it up better than this 90-second compilation of Wednesday's coverage. But really, who are we kidding? The 'WTF is going on?' reaction still takes people to CNN's website, TV channel, or any other platform they use. Their news tentacles reach further than any other mainstream source in the U.S. (I wrote this sentence hesitantly, so please use my Comments section to explain why I'm wrong), and they are more than well-versed in the American Chaos news section; daily Wal-Mart shootings and missing children are their bread and butter. So I guess what I'm saying is: CNN fucking sucks and they make tons of mistakes, and hopefully one day somebody makes them entirely obsolete. But what are they saying now?

I've been glued to Twitter for the past week which, barring some kind of information sharing breakthrough (will never hap, right?), will forever remain my best friend and my weapon of choice when it comes to news. Besides how awesome it is, this current whirlwind newsplosion has reminded me of a couple things about it like:

1. There is always someone else you should be following
2. Following someone whose views and values run perpendicular to your own is not only fun but extremely interesting, so long as you can keep it all in perspective
3. Follow and read first, tweet second
4. You can't believe everything you read but you can cross-examine the sh** out of it until you know so much about the event that you can identify what PROBABLY is true and what PROBABLY isn't

So as per usual, the week's events of April 14, 2013 have been as fascinating and tragic in real life as they have been in terms of how we learn and discuss it. People were hurt, reputations were both vindicated and dragged through the mud, and nothing short of hysteria was carried out for day after day after day. Not to mention what happened offline.

News isn't getting more dependable nor is it getting easier to maneuver. In fact, I would argue it's becoming the exact opposite. But it's becoming much more elaborate, frenzied, and open to fact-checking, which makes the possibility of finding the absolute truth from the other side of the world shine through like a proverbial sliver of light.

Stay sharp, check your tweets, and lets all pray for this week's events to come to an end so that the rest of the world can catch up.


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