Sunday, January 29, 2017

Opinion Overload or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Don

The situation, I recently had one of two minor surgical procedures and have been homebound for a few days.
The problem, I've been spending time on Twitter.

The Tweet In Question (about Barron Trump)
Katie Rich @katymaryrich "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter." 


Trump named his kid "Barron" and I can't comment on that?
Just when I thought it was safe to crawl back into my social media bubble of like-minded liberals, SNL fires a comedian for tweeting a joke.
I see it as a violation of freedom of speech and the failure of a show that used to stand for Truth and Justice and who am I kidding all my heroes are dead.
Have people never seen a comedy roast?
And the bloody cherry on this flaming crap cake is that while searching for voices of reason on Twitter (yeah, I know) I found Dan Harmon (Community) instead.




Harmon is also known for Rick and Morty and Great Minds with Dan Harmon. Unfortunately, he is better known for going on drunken Twitter rants from airplanes.
I'm the "@dishcurtain" he's tweeting below.

Am determined to name something The Petty F*cking Sloths
I got lucky when he acknowledged his misinterpretation and responded with "not my fault." Finally Dan, I'm calling him, "Dan" now, followed that up with a tweet about  his'"misperceived intent,'" which btw I have no idea how to punctuate and would make a great name for a band.



That's a lot to read and who's got the time. Here are some photos from the Walker Protests of 2011.

 "...we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom! "
—Kang, The Simpsons



In sum during my three-day convalescence, I expressed dismay about a young comic whose life has been damaged by an eight-word tweet. Within a short period of time I offended a few of my liberal cousins, Dan Harmon and a very disturbed individual calling himself raiderman108.



We are coincidentally coming up on the sixth anniversary of the Governor Walker protests and this discord, this twonsense, has me thinking about how easily and strongly people react to things no one is arguing about in the first place. All you need is a logical fallacy and something to get indignant about and it's off to the races (or a day at the races, see quote).

Puppies are off limits

Groucho Marx said, "Humor is reason gone mad." I think people have gone mad because they have no reasonable sense of humor.  





26 comments:

  1. I agree that words are so easily misinterpreted, especially when there is a limit on the number of characters. That's why I use emojis so much on twitter #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Yes, a lesson to be learned, yet doesn't excuse a complete stranger wishing ur children will be bullied.

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  2. Opinion overload is an apt title:) One of the reasons I decided not to make use of my twitter - bleh. Just hope that Barron has no idea what's going on. Thanks you for sharing the flag with ALL SEASONS - an glad he wears it instead of some other things happening to this flag lately. And It's not even my flag (you probably remember I'm Dutch - but all the same, I live here)Have a great week, Jeanna. Hope you still can go outside!

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  3. I started Twitter because I was promoting my old blog I was surprised when a complete stranger said he wanted harm to come to my children (which I don't have). I do remember that you are Dutch, I hope that doesn't create any problems for you my friend. I don't worry about Barron, he is a well protected child living the life few even dream of. His father is the one abusing people on Twitter, aka Twitler.I feel for a young writer or any artists who makes it—you know how hard that is—then has it taken away from her for a joke. She is a comedy writer after all.

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  4. Jeana -- this is why I would never do Twitter -- it would drive me stark raving bonkers. Not that nowadays that would be far to go. I'm just having so much trouble keeping my blood pressure down and not letting evil win by giving in to deep dark depression. I can't believe how many people I know like what's going on -- people who actually are decent human beings (not obviously deplorable) in their day to day life. I'm so sad.

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    1. It pretty much did and that was in under an hour. Facebook can be nasty too and that's with people you know or are related to. YES! That is exactly what I've been feeling, people you know and are good people seem to be applauding hatred and the absence of empathy or reason. I was devastated and depressed then angry then motivated then confused and who knows. Is is ALWAYS good to hear from you Sallie.

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  5. The Petty F*cking Sloths has me thinking of the current administration.

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  6. Yeah, and makes me think I can't win.

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  7. Glad I dropped my twitter acct.
    Lots of sick - too much time on their hands people out there. Real sick for sure. Who funds this stuff?

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    1. I just went on and there are a bunch of hateful messages from that guy who wants to see my children bullied. Insane. And one more person retweeted the insult tweet from the comedy writer who misunderstood my original tweet. What kind of madness have we created?

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  8. I love it. Twitter is the last place I'd go for peace. Facebook isn't any better so I just repost cat videos. Instagram is my deal now. The whole country has gone crazy.

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    1. I am laughing at that bit of wisdom, Yogi, and that's just after reading more obnoxious tweets left by raiderman108 (it's like finding the dogs left you a present on the good rug). I agree, FB isn't any better and after we lost Andy I left my old Facebook page behind in hopes of starting fresh. But you can guess how that went. Cat videos, I love it (laughing). I like Instagram but that is political too. I just today started posting dog photos on Tumblr, we'll see how that goes.

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  9. I must not be social and I know that I'm an old dude, tweeter for me is something that a bird does. My neck hurts from shaking my head over this mess (a bit more polite than other terms that I could use). It refreshing to know that are a few sane folks still out there...THANKS!

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    1. The Twitter icon should be a vulture instead of a blue bird. Or the bird should be giving the finger (the bird should be giving you the bird just to let you know what's ahead). More vitriol tonight (I can't remember why I went back on). I'm hoping to get some kind of social media job or I wouldn't bother with the lot of it. You are most likely a very social "old dude" by virtue of not being on tweeter. Ahhhaa, you crack me up, Tom, don't get whiplash.

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  10. Twitter can be worse than Facebook. I will say I think the children need to be left alone. He's 10 and didn't ask for this.

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    1. You can't blame the sons for the sins of the father and no one condones bullying a child. No one that is but Trump supporters using this as an excuse to spew more ignorance and hate. It was a joke written by a comedy writer who apologized and has had her life ruined because of it. To me it was not a big deal and what's been done to her far out weighs her action. Believe me if Trump could use to garner support he would and if the kid had had his feelings hurt we'd know about it. I'm actually surprised the Trump camp isn't twisting this more, but then again the public will do that for him.

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  11. Yes, honestly some things should be left unsaid. Too much verbal diahrea. Also, children should be off limits.

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    1. I don't think it was a predatory thing by Katie Rich at all. When people who are supposedly speaking up for children threaten the children of anyone who disagrees with them something is very wrong. I think it was an off the cuff joke which only caused (a great deal) harm to Ms. Rich.

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    1. Thanks, Kelleyn, it's a much slower process than anticipated.

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  13. Jeanna, I finally ended up here after a detour of your other blogs to comment on wrapping your mind around snow in California you saw on my blog. (By the way, your wordpress blog still tells me "does not exist"). While scrolling down here, I see you replied to my comment -I never saw, because I keep forgetting that is the blogspot way of commenting and responding to a comment.
    About the snow - Southern California is what people know, the mild climate through the year. But now I live close to Sacramento which they consider Northern California. Here we have more seasonal weather, meaning colder in the winter. Then on top of that, I live at 3000 feet, which means a 10-15 degree difference with going to the store in Sacramento. We have a ski resort about 20 min. drive higher.
    By the way, I don't mind when people have a different perspective on things - as long as we can talk about it in a civil way- which you did:):) How you handled things in this post is commendable!

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  14. I took down that WP blog but have since put up a webpage at: https://jmolsonblog.wordpress.com/ It's called Mostly Dogs & Candy. Thanks for letting me know, I'll see why my profile page doesn't point to the right place. I should really go back on your blog to check on comments like you do, you are such a good blogger! Yeah, we all think of Southern CA first although I've only been to northern California. It is just starting to sink in that you live at a high altitude. It was pretty disturbing, the Twitter thing, and with trolls and haters on both sides it makes me more certain we'll end up in a new war with a new enemy that could have been an ally.

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  15. Hi Jeanna, I hope you are fully recovered from your procedures and your experience on Twitter! May I suggest that next time you have time you are holed up at home, you watch a box set instead. So much more relaxing.

    xx

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  16. Ha, well I've learned (for now). Yes, I should have stuck to Twin Peaks, Debbie.

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