David Wong’s books are hilarious (for example, This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It). He is an editor at Cracked.com which I also read for humor value. But I also read David Wong because he changes my perspective. Every year he posts a funny but pointed article on social worth that I wish I had read when I was 17. And in 2016, he explained the election in a way that made me “get it” a little.
He recently did it again with an article on non-stop outrage. I don’t watch the news, but I do watch creative stuff on youtube. I’m even trying to put a little back by making my own videos. One of the reasons I want to be a part of that creative community is precisely as an alternative to outrage driven memes.
Let me use some videos to illustrate. The media circus is like Dueling Carls (video reference). GGP Grey can explain why (seriously, watch this video). If you tune in, all you hear is the screaming panic. But that’s not “what the world is like these days.” The world like like lots of things. It is just as true that people are making $1 microscopes and $.50 centrifuges as it is that people are being cruel to one another.
So anyway, let’s make coffee and tune out the rage for a while.