Happy Monday everyone! We’re still 70 days from the presidential election and the end to our national embarrassment! College football begins this weekend with the WSU Cougars hosting the EWU Eagles! Ben-Hur continues to bomb at the box office after being one of the worst remakes in human history (It’s that bad!)!!!!
And of course, Meme Mondays…
Apparently we can’t have nice things. There is a reason we’re not allowed to pump our gas before paying anymore. There’s a reason that they have to put those sneeze guards up at Subway. Now that ridiculousness is going digital as media sources try to protect us from ourselves.
Remember when social media on the internet first came out and everyone thought “cool people can share their thoughts and views, there’s no way that can go wrong.”
Now several years later we’re thinking “Oh man, this is an awful idea and I wish the internet would go away and take cable news with it.” Trolling – the internet equivalent of being that guy at the bar that just says something to see if a fight starts – has gotten so bad that NPR is shutting down the comment section of their website. You can no longer attribute a politician to being the next coming of Hitler, or say “Thanks Obama” when a tornado touches down in Kansas. They’re on the list of a growing number of media outlets that are like “well, do we really want to hear what internet troll No. 12 has to say?”
For example, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post explains what happened when he started a political blog called The Fix…
“I would regularly go into the comments to interact (or try to interact) with readers. I incentivized and deputized regular commenters to keep order,” he wrote in a column that extolled NPR’s decision. “Then I gave up. Because none of the tactics or strategies we tried ever had any real impact on the quality of the dialogue happening on The Fix. No matter what the original post was about, a handful of the loudest — or most committed — voices in the room hijacked the comments thread to push their own agendas.”
Will we stop allowing comments on The Independent? No sure, I’ll let you know when somebody adds a comment!
Switching gears from national public radio, let’s switch to the Burning Man festival, which is coming up soon! It’s an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City, which is basically just a bunch of people camping in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Think any concert in the Gorge, but tons more partying and they end up burning a bunch of things at the end. Sound fun?
Sounds legit. Tickets are $390, so please pay the Burning Man to prove you’re part of counter-culture!
This is the big one! Don’t forget school starts this week! There’s a football game this Friday too as the Chewelah Cougars take on Bridgeport! What does this all mean? The end of summer. Which means teachers have to go back to school and work like 10 hour days. Which means it will soon be fall. Which means snow soon. Which means I have to learn how to drive in the snow again. Which means I hope I have good insurance. Which means I still wish it was July.
Maybe I can go to Hawaii. Did you hear that President Obama just made the world’s largest ocean reserve? A whopping 582,500 square miles near Hawaii. It was originally established by George W. Bush, containing 140,000 acres. I’m assuming he saw the an article of the big floating plastic garbage flotilla’s that hang out in our oceans. I’m thrilled as long as they can preserve the habitat of my favorite fish…
This struggle is real. I just checked my fridge again and all I have is a block of cheese.
Have a great week!