Source: Laughing Squid
The Well Is Dry
I’ve got nothing to say. Nothing. It’s been a hell of a week, between work and school and family and, oh yeah, my pesky need for sleep. I’m behind the 8 ball, feeling like I’m failing at everything struggling to come up with silly elevator small talk. So how the hell am I supposed to come up with a blog post?
And this has been the thing that has always stopped me from becoming a regular blogger. Because what happens when I invariably run dry?
Sure, I could cheat and just post pictures.
Look, a puppy! In a pool.
But that just seems like bullshit.
Damn cute dog, though.
I Think We Need to Break Up
It’s not you, Twitter. It’s me. And it’s not like I never want to see you again—I do, I totally do, you hugely important to me.
I just don’t think I can hang out with you while I’m watching TV anymore. I mean, yeah, it totally used to be fun to watch Mad Men with one eye and scroll through Twitter with the other. OMG, people say some really funny shit about Don and Peggy and I am particularly thrilled when people harsh on Joanie’s terrible husband Greg (who I’m still hoping gets it in the war).
But lately I find people raising particular plot points from Mad Men or Girls or even stupid-ass How I Met Your Mother which, OMG, if we don’t meet the mother this season I’m going to kill my damn television. What? Oh, right—I’m missing stuff, Twitter. I didn’t pay nearly enough attention to what seems like it’s going to be the only decent scene in the whole damn season of Mad Men, when Lane and Pete went round-and-round. I’m too busy paying attention to what the cool Twitter kids are saying.
So, I think I have to close the laptop, cover the iPad and put my phone across the room when I’m watching TV from now on. You can’t come over anymore, Twitter…seriously. Except on Oscar night. And the State of the Union. And presidential debates. And maybe when we finally meet the mom.
Keeping My Mouth Shut
There are a lot of things going on in the world about which I have opinions. I have opinions about Hilary Rosen’s thoughtless comment about Ann Romney’s employment history and about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
A lot of the time, however, I keep my mouth shut. I can’t add anything to most conversations going on in the world. I’ve got no particularly compelling perspective on Rosen or Martin or most other things. My sphere of expertise is pretty small and I’m not going to pop off just for the sake of popping off.
As for the things about which I could purport to have some expertise, they rarely rise to the level of common conversation. The last issue that did was the Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. But because of what I do for a living, I didn’t comment on the Penn State events on any social media platform. Again, I have opinions. I have opinions like I have glasses of wine at Wednesday night happy hour. But there’s not much to be gained by wading into a situation that is being endlessly dissected, in many cases, by people short-sighted and thoughtless and completely ignorant of nuance or any worldview that started beyond the tip of their own nose.
The upside of social media is that suddenly everyone has a voice and can use it to shed light, offer perspective and speak truth to power. The downside? Suddenly, everyone has a voice and can use it without concern for whether or not their opinion is adding to the larger dialog or simply treading over well-tilled ground.