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Stop The Madness

July 6, 2007

I’m worried. I’m now hearing about global warming in just about every way imaginable. Radio, tv, magazines, newspapers, talk shows, satallite, sign language and smoke signals. Global warming is now MAINSTREAM!!!! I know fifty other photographers working on global warming projects, and dozens more lining up to take a crack at it. Art communities, magazines and non-profits, only interested in hitting what’s hot, and that is GLOBAL WARMING.

You might think this is a good thing. “Get them talking about,” “that’s what I say,” Billy said. But, I’m not so sure.

In today’s world of 24-hour news madness, where the same story, images and soundtrack are are blasted at us, over and over and over, on the same channel, in the same fashion, with a different host at the top of every hour, you just have to wonder what the accumulative effect could possibly be?

Madness?

The problem is I am already hearing a collective fatigue in regards to this issue. Let’s face it, when we get bombarded by something this much, it turns people off, and turns them off quick!!!!! Our collective attention span is so fast…whoa, that was it….it just went by. Gone.
I’m not saying I’m fatigued, but I have a special interest in this issue, but I know a lot of other people are already over it. I know because I’ve heard them say it.

I have no answer, no solution, other than perhaps turning off 24 hour news. Get in, get out, then research on our own. I don’t have 24 channels by the way, don’t even have cable, cause I know I’d spend WAY too much time in front of the tube. I’m weak and I know it.

So, let’s be rational, and don’t buy into the madness. The issue looks real, but the frenzy is not.

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