Media magnification

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Everything is amplified for anyone to judge.

the slightest whiff of tragedy

or vacuous celebrity happening

is blown up to poster size

and scrutinised by the faceless.



Bigots, grief mongers and

sociopaths spew their unecessary views

accompanying every event from

who's wearing what to

the crimes of mass murderers.



The human side of these calamitous happenings

is lost in this trite outpouring of knee jerk reaction


.

An immense magnifying glass is held up

to every single occurance,

examinined from every angle,

ripped apart and re-assembled.



I've forgotten what the world used to be like.

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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

So interesting--reassembled certainly speaks of the need for truth.

Tragedies do change our world. Some say that the life-blood of community is gossip yet we can choose not to participate, but to serve those in need.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I've been around a considerably longer time than you, and I have completely forgotten what the world used to be like.

Did you know that it was common knowledge that FDR and Kennedy had affairs? The media knew it, but out of respect for those politicians, nobody ever reported it while those Presidents were in office. Isn't that remarkable?

How are you Tara! I've missed our chats. I hope you are going to have a wonderfully Happy Holidays!

bill


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

peanut...Very good, very real...you've said it so well. Can't deny it's true...UP+++


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thank you! Incidents of online bullying really disturb me. People that have never met someone can write comments and make judgements that will be there for anyone to read forever.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I do I remember way back when the world was a calm and peaceful place while modern technology was at a minimum and terrorists hadn't appeared yet. This modern world is enough to get on everyone's nerves.


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Bill, i'm not surprised to hear that. Whatever we are told by the media is carefully considered as is what is 'not' told. Sadly, so many people are content to wallow in an easy life without questioning anything.

I am very well thanks, i'm really looking forward to christmas. I'll send you an email soon. Take care. :)


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Hi Effer, Thanks! With progression there comes a price.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Yep me too! the pretentiousness of the world today drives me insane! especially the silly little kids who have one record out and think they are the next michael jackson! or even royalty! I hear that justin bieber now thinks he is some sort of god! saw it in the paper, silly little boy! lol!


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Hi Gypsy,

Lovely to hear from you. The modern world can indeed be a sinister one!


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Hi Nell, Tell me about it. The planet sized egos of people without an iota of talent like Cheryl Cole. She is good looking and that's it! There are so many so called 'celebrities' like this and fewer and fewer with any real talent. Give me someone to genuinely admire with a brain anyday!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Peanut, the world certainly has changed. Gone are the days of kids being free to play outside without fear. Shoot, gone are the days they even know what playing outside is - all they want to do is play with their expensive electronic gadgets!

Gone are the days of reading about family reunion and community sponsored picnics and so and so had a baby. Now all the media wants to bring to our attention are the atrocities and ugly people of the world. They're not digging deep enough! The world is still full of wonderful people and innocent, fun, loving activities. Frankly, I'm sick of it!

Excuse me while I zip up my bubble. It's nice in here. No one can get to me or bring me down!


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Brave, good for you! Get that bubble zipped back up and blank out all the nonsense in the world. It's fluffy and warm in my bubble too! Sadly, I get too incensed by all the goings on in the media and get my ranting head on! Some things never change! Don't know if that's a good thing or not! T.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

My bubble has served me well, so far!


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Redberry Sky 3 years ago

Ah ... Facebook, Twitter - I remember when you were all pubs! I have to admit that I get outrageously nostalgic for pre-Internet days sometimes, and I'm incensed by the tatty tabloids thinking I give a hoot for vacuous reality stars or the BBC gushing fatuously about the overprivileged monarchy.

Honestly, I could throw a brick at my telly sometimes. But then Doctor Who comes on and all is forgiven.


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Ha ha Red, you really are a sci-fi girl eh? The internet seems to give licence for any idiot to judge and spew their venom, sometimes it gets a bit sinister as people jump on the bandwagon and bay for blood. Anything negative is there forever, at least before people could forget about it and people could redeem themselves. Now it seems you're scarred for life. Thanks for the visit :)


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Redberry Sky 3 years ago

*grins bashfully*

Sorry, Peanutritious, actually I'm a bit guilty of ranting myself at times.

And among my earlier rant I utterly forgot to say - cool poem, well written and thoughtful :)


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

I am the ranting queen!


Vickiw 3 years ago

This poem was very thoughtful, and quite sad too, because it is so truthful. The world has changed, and continues to change at a mind boggling rate. People get their news from the TV, and there isn't much good to be seen there. If someone has a heartbreaking event, the cameras are there, in their face, completely uncaring of any politeness or respect for others. I have not forgotten what the world was like. I even remember when real estate agents did not have cellphones, and, guess what, they managed just fine! Just shows what a dinosaur I am.


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

In many ways the world was a better place. Nothing wrong with being a dinosaur. The nasty, often bigoted comments are there forever which is what frightens me. The saying 'today's news is tomorrow's fish and chip papers' no longer stands. Google anything and it's there for judgement! Lovely to hear from you again Vicki, thanks for reading and commenting :)

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