Cartoons, Rants and Other Rare Moments from Crazytown

by SimplySharpe on April 19, 2013

You know things are cray when a grown, currently childless, woman chooses to take a break from all the bad news by watching Sponge Bob Square Pants. That is exactly what I did at 8:00am this morning. I crawled in a pineapple under the sea to escape.

My day started with texts from the SIL letting us know she was safe (Thank G-d!), but her area was on lockdown and Harvard, where her hubby works, was closed for the day. Of course, I thought I needed to learn more and quickly turned to Twitter to find out news about the chaos that had been going on since the middle of the night.

Holy hell–someone spilled a ton of crazy-sauce on this week! Make.It.Stop.

warning-rant ahead

Monday I watched hours and hours of coverage of the explosion at the Boston Marathon which only led me to have nightmares about explosions. No one needs to see that much detail about such a horrific event.

I’m not sure if I have my rose-colored glasses on right now, but I don’t remember being able to see such graphic detail on the news when I was growing up. I thought it was out of respect for the victims, or maybe a network/program policy, but they didn’t show scenes with that much blood in the past.

It feels like the news is trying to compete with wanna-be citizen journalists on Reddit, Twitter and other social media channels. I thought what made the news different is they had to source their information before publicizing it? Now, they seem to be able to have hours of programming that consists of pure speculation to keep us entertained until the real facts are available.

Yes, I’m looking at you, CNN. What happened? You were the most respected news organization in the game. That all changed when you published false reports of arrests and suspects that didn’t exist.

CNN is not the only one who got it wrong; we are all guilty of needing to know too much. We are so hasty with our posting on public channels that we are likely hurting ourselves. We overwhelm ourselves with information that causes anxiety in our lives that did not exist before all this overindulgence of news. We glorify murders and sociopaths by giving them the fame they consciously or subconsciously seek. We also give copycat killers, terrorists, and uncaught suspects the opportunity to know more than they should. Why don’t we think before we tweet police scanner specifics? That can only help the suspect. As the public, we do NOT need to know what our police force is planning to do to protect us. Let the real news report these facts about the heroes that helped us through–only after it has happened.

We are essentially helping other people commit greater crimes by providing such detail on how each one is executed. We are giving crazy people more ammo! Thanks to the Senate failing us this week, we are also giving them easier access to guns. No one debates the right to bear arms for protection. What the majority wants is stronger measures to help limit access to someone who plans to go on a shooting spree by conducting background checks. Also, limit the sale of semi-automatic machinery. You just don’t need that much artillery unless you are military. I’m sorry, I don’t even want to tackle this issue right now. I’m too disappointed and know most of the world feels exactly the same way I do.

Basically, this week was rough on all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with Boston. Stay strong!

I’m starting a news detox effective immediately. If anyone needs me, I’m either pinning all the things or washing my brain out with cartoons.

Thanks for letting me rant.

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