The Big Picture –
By Glynn Wilson –
MOBILE, Ala. — Let’s see. Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
I know. It’s painfully obvious that people hate the government — and the media. Nothing works right anymore. The world is going to hell in a hand-basket. Insert your favorite cliche in the comments.
There is even a growing trend to hate Facebook and Twitter. I guess we humans just love to hate.
Screw the Indians and the blacks, the Mexicans — and your noisy neighbor down the street. Why not? We seem hard-wired to keep looking around the corner for the end of the world — at least as we know it.
What passes for news these days is such a joke. I know. I see it too.
The local television news station carried a story this week out of Pensacola that made me laugh out loud. They sent a new, attractive female “correspondent” to “investigate” what was going on at a political rally for Donald Trump. I am not making this up.
The poor thing followed her assignment to a tee.
“My assignment was to find a Democrat at a Trump rally.” Really? A news director sent you out with a live satellite truck and told you to do that? Oh my god. That’s crazy.
True to form, she found the only two black people who showed up for the Trump rally and asked them why they came. They didn’t agree with everything Trump said, mind you. But you know. He “speaks his mind.” And isn’t that what American democracy is all about?
So yes, dear viewer idiots, there are even a few Democrats who plan to cross over and vote for Trump. The celebrity who is a celebrity because, well, he’s a celebrity. The news media just can’t stop reporting every dumb thing he says, because, you know, it’s news. Enquiring minds want to know.
They don’t need to know every dumb thing he says. But there’s money to be made off the traffic, don’t you know, the modern equivalent of circulation. So let’s all play the Trump game, even if that means, well, the world will go to hell in a hand-basket if he becomes president. Truly.
So why do I even try anymore? Is there no economy left in the world for a real journalist who tells it like it is and actually covers important stories that matter in a way that actually informs people about what they “need” to know?
Maybe not. Maybe I should just give up and open a bar. Maybe I will.
Meanwhile, I have one piece of advice for you. If you don’t do anything else online today, this week or this month, if you don’t spend $10 on anything but food and gas and beer, do yourself a favor. Click on this link and spend $9.99 and buy this book on Amazon’s Kindle. Download the free reader and check it out.
It won’t bite you. It won’t kill you. It won’t put a bug on your computer so you can’t read the crappy local newspaper or share the local TV news story about the wreck or the fire down the street on Facebook. Or the cat picture or video for that matter. In fact, there are some funny photos in the book. You can even make fun of me if you want. I don’t mind.
If you’ve never purchased a book online yet, isn’t about time you did? It is, after all, 2016. There won’t be any newspapers printed at all in four more years. Sorry. It’s true. You might as well get used to it.
I don’t even care if you read the book. I realize people don’t read anymore. It seems to be a fact of post modern life. Scan through it and look at the pictures. Just buy it. You can put it on your coffee table and tell people you read it.
While you’re at it, click on this link and send me another $10 and I will do my best to save America’s national parks from privatization.
You may as well. Nobody else is going to do it. Why not give me a chance? I do have some experience with such things.
What the heck. Give it a shot. What have you got to lose? The end of the world is coming anyway. I don’t know if it will be by fire or flood or both. At least we can stand up together one more time and try to save it. What do you say?
© 2016, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.