What Were They Thinking?

March 15, 2011 at 11:08 PM Leave a comment

Volume 1 : Episode 1

I want to start a weekly bit where I point out some oddities and ask “What Were They Thinking?”  Here is the inaugural class of so things I consider interesting items for your consideration.

5.  Rebecca Black ruins Friday, for all of us

It seems Ark Music Factory has machined a viral hit.  Unfortunately, it could be used by the FBI as a psychological weapon.  What I can’t decide is if it is a joke or a real attempt at making music.  Not that most pop music released today isn’t as disposable as a Bic razor, but I think the lyricist, whom my toddler son could probably run circles around (quite literally, I’m sure) was actually insulting my basic intelligence as a human being on planet Earth.  Now, I feel sorry for Rebecca Black.  Forever doomed with millions of people pointing and laughing from all over the planet.  Could this be considered hazing?

4. Jokes about Japan

Doh! My one shot at redemption...

Gilbert, dude, seriously?  You’re like the king of roasts.  Now, maybe getting booted from your Aflac gig will pay off in the long run.  Maybe not.  But, if anything good ol’ Double-G-fried should be a poster boy for all of the non-thinking public figures out there — don’t drink and tweet.  With tens of thousands of people dead, towns wiped off the face of the earth, it’s not the time to make light of this suffering.  We all deal with tragedy in different ways.  Dealing with your tragedy, as a public figure, on Twitter…well, whatever you get is your own fault.  But when is too soon?  Will we ever be able to tell jokes about the World Trade Center?  Why don’t you tweet and find out.

3. Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings Time costing us Billions?

Click on the image to see an article on how “Daylight Savings” could actually be costing us money.  I used to think that Arizona was such a rogue for not following the rest of the country/world in switching times.  I think, now, they might have been on to something.  But when President George W. Bush pushed through an advocacy to lengthen DST, I have to ask, what were they thinking?

2.  Nuclear Power in Japan

Beware the Ides of March

So, I just said, not mere inches above this, that joking about Japan is bad.  I’m not.  I have a legitimate concern, here.  My boss said something this morning that I had been thinking since the first explosion:  was the decision to put nuclear power plants on one of the most geographically unstable places in the world a good decision?  While it is the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, no offense to the Russians, but at least it was at the hands of Mother Nature and not faulty engineering.  Maybe just poor strategic decision-making.  This is the only real solace I can find as I watch these tragic event unfold to a population that doesn’t need another nuclear tragedy in their history.

1. Celebrity Train Wrecks in the Media

...and that's the way it is.

After the Charlie Sheen debacle in the media, we have to ask ourselves what we feel is good journalism.  Is the point to sell more soap or to tell us what’s going on in the world?   Well, while the media was busy going gaga over Sheen’s derailment in front of the camera, there were soldiers dying in Afghanistan.  Wayne Drash, from CNN does a better job than I ever could.  Read the whole thing, but just to get you started:

It started with a Facebook status update. Upset at the media’s coverage of Charlie Sheen, someone took up for American soldiers dying in Afghanistan.

“Charlie Sheen is all over the news because he’s a celebrity drug addict,” it said, “while Andrew Wilfahrt 31, Brian Tabada 21, Rudolph Hizon 22, Chauncy Mays 25, are soldiers who gave their lives this week with no media mention. Please honor them by posting this as your status for a little while.”

Talk that begins with “Back in the day…” is usually just reminiscent of scant memories, concepts of a better time, but, really, back in the day when the news was on, we knew that the people providing that news were telling us how it was.  We’re still in a war, Americans are dying every day, and while I don’t imagine a 10 year old war should drown out the very real tragedies in Japan for breaking news, it sure as hell ought to be able to beat out a drug-raging Charlie Sheen boasting “The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards, all of them just look like, you know, droopy-eyed armless children.”

Indeed.

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