Tasteless, ugly things creep in from the margins. Oh, we notice, and we shift uncomfortably, but it’s not the main event, so we ignore it.
I’ve taken an internet fast for slightly over a week. Big deal for me, a self-described news junkie. When I checked back in to various online news and information outlets this morning, I was jarred awake by all the small thumbnails of large cleavage, bizarre tales of twisted family relationships usually with a particularly sick and violent end, people who have accidentally backed over and killed their neighbor’s child, endless “one simple, weird trick” ads for everything from reducing the scourge of belly fat to selling your house. And then there are the animal stories: mostly saccharine, but some disturbing, like the chimp, Travis, a former television star who lived, ate and slept with his owner, then went bananas and ripped a woman’s face off. God help me, I actually just went and looked at the Wikipedia details on that one.
This stuff has been around forever in some format. The Internet is tailor-made for the viral spread of coarse circuses. A few days away made it stick out like a sore thumb when I clicked back on.
Clicking off again now. Headed for the woods! Hope you all find a piece of sunshine and a leafy oasis and have a lovely fresh-air day.