From the daily archives: Friday, June 15, 2012

The ‘Net Can Get Ugly!

HERE WE GO ONCE MORE with a news scandal to keep the local media busy for a couple of weeks at least.
Seems one of those busy bodies with a video camera got footage of what appeared to be an IID Director hitting his stepchild with a belt.
Before you could say Jack Robinson, the local media pounded all over it before you could say  “water transfer.” And what do you know, they as usual got the story wrong and blown out of proportion.
In the meantime, Anthony Sanchez had his career ruined and his life very nearly suffered the same fate.
Who has the power to destroy someone so quickly? Most everyone these days, it would seem.
We have created a nation of selfish tattletales who are ready to strike without notice. And our electronic news media is always ready to jump on the story, even if they don’t bother to check their facts. Hey, a scoop is a scoop!
This sensational, “take no prisoners” approach to news came about with the invention of the digital camera that is now imbedded in every cell phone on the market. Nobody can dodge the eye of the nasty-faced neighbor who is out to put something embarrassing on the internet or sell a few pictures to TV or the tabloid press.
This sorry state of affairs has left journalism without much status in the world and its practicianers viewed as low life’s.
It is time that some of this gets reigned in. Not everybody should be able to trip up a public official by wielding a camera. I don’t think that’s what the framers of the Bill of Rights had in mind.
There is the need for a new set of rules that can be enforced to bring this kind of behavior into line. Otherwise we will have nothing but a chaotic, paranoid world where everyone is forced to look over his shoulder. A world where peace and harmony are just words left on paper.
We wonder who will be the first to come forward. England took the first step by closing down ‘New of the World” and arresting those who broke the law. We need more of that. And we need to have a set of rules where it does not pay to distribute false statements  about others.
In other words, we need some moral, legal and ethical judgements to keep us a step ahead of the  cavemen.
The internet is proving to be a very bad component for the rest of society. The depth of its ills have yet to be reached.
GRADUATION TIME WILL  turn loose a whole bunch of new people into the workforce. We hope some of them will stay around Imperial Valley. It could use the new blood and ideas.
High school graduation is a milestone you can definitely look back on for the rest of your like. I’m having my 50th Class reunion this year. Where did the time go?
I hope we will see a whole bunch of fresh faces among names for themselves and taking modern technology to places that are a benefit to society.  It all started in the next few weeks.
1. A day without sunshine is like night.
2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.
6. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
9. Support bacteria. They’re the only culture most people have.
10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis?  Raise my hand.
14 OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
15. When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
19. What happens if you get scared half to death…. twice?
20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?
21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, ‘What the heck happened?’
22. Just remember — if the world didn’t suck, we would all fall off.
23. Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
24. Life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.
H.L. Mencken, Born 1880 – Died 1956, was a journalist, satirist & critic. He wrote an editorial while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

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