The Shape of Things to Come by Robin Trimingham

The Shape of Things to Come by Robin Trimingham

“What we do for ourselves, dies with us. What we do for others lives on.” Albert Pike

There are some things that will just never understand.

It’s Monday night and I am supposed to be writing my weekly blog post. I usually get this done early in the day but things have been very busy at Olderhood the past few days and I literally didn’t have the time.

Now it’s nearly 7 pm local time and I am frantically scanning the internet in search of inspiration. This usually isn’t a problem but it’s been a slow week news-wise unless you are a “Trump tweet troller” (which I’m not).

So, among the things I can’t write about tonight, the following headlines were just too good to resist:

  • “Elon Musk has now sold over $4 million worth of flame throwers”.
  • “Gordon Ramsay says he lost 56 lbs. to stop his wife from leaving him”.
  • “Jared Leto wears high heels on red carpet”.

How is any of this news?

Call me an old-fashioned girl, but I was raised on the evening news hosted by the likes of Walter Cronkite and Harry Reasoner. Those guys only reported serious news, and through investigated reports. When they spoke, a hush fell over the living room, people leaned forward in their chairs, and children were hustled up the stairs to get ready for bed.

When they reported on flame throwers – it was the war in Vietnam. When they reported on the antics of celebrities – it was the tragic and untimely passing of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis. And as for high heels on a red carpet? Who would waste valuable airtime on something so absurd when the Beatles were launching a British invasion in custom-made boots with Cuban heels causing a screaming, fainting frenzy among teenage girls everywhere?

I am all for progress, advances in technology, freedom of self-expression and the internet in general. But if every one of the 7 billion inhabits of this planet are going to broadcast live on the internet, then people need to become much more disciplined regarding what is “news worthy”, and stop simply pumping out self-promoting, attention seeking drivel.

Now before anyone starts sending hate mail, let me clarify. I don’t object to “kitten riding Roomba” or the nine hundred selfies you posted on Facebook with the girls on your last vacation. Those posts are your virtual diary and photo album and long may they live. They are a fascinating global archive of life in the early twenty-first century.

But they are not news, any more than Elon Musk’s flame thrower is a wilderness camping survival tool.

The internet is a powerful tool for sharing information, helping others, and creating a world that works for all. If the internet is forever, the question is – what will you be remembered for?

By Robin Trimingham

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