Twitter Me This
If I had only been born twenty years later, I would have been a star! I ran away and hid from my parents numerous times growing up, but never ended up on CNN. When I was two years old, my whole family was in a mall in Phoenix, Arizona, and I got caught looking up a manikin’s skirt; my parents and siblings were laughing at me so I went and hid in the middle of a clothes rack for hours. They had to shut the entire department store down because they thought I was stolen, but my dad found my little feet sitting in the middle of a circular clothes rack. I did this again in the mall in Amarillo just a year later. Despite these dramatic events, Wolf Blizter never talked about me in “The Situation Room.”
I was inches away from trading in my iPhone today, or at least remove my CNN and Twitter apps, if I got one more update “Falcon Update.” While I completely understand why the news agencies go into overdrive during such events, I wonder if it is a commentary on our society. We are a people that value reaction over reflection, sensationalism over realism, and speculation over facts. This makes life extremely difficult for us because the flash in the pan is always more exciting than things that are enduring.
We’re all aware that slow and steady is better than fast and furious (see “The Tortoise and the Hare” from your childhood if need be), but we all believe the exact opposite. In fact, there was even a website (thanks Evan!) that had a shirt made for the Falcon incident before he was even found in his attic. I know what you’re thinking: this blog is extremely hypocritical…and I agree. But in my defense, the overreaction to this story has been on my mind for over four hours now (which is like 3 months in Twitter-time).
So what’s the point of all this? The point is you should get off the Internet and Twitter and this blog and go read Scripture (which has stood the test of time). The point is we should all reject sensationalism and demand proper reflection before we react. And finally, we should all wait to dub Twitter as the newest invention to change the world when it comes to getting news…it’s got a long way to go.