The other day I saw an episode of Idea Channel which talked about how ridiculous we are at expressing amazement. If you can’t find your favorite shirt, it is literally the worst day that you have ever experienced. If your brother or sister lost something he’d borrowed from you, he/she is now the worst person to have ever lived.
None of this is true, it’s merely an hyperbole. Hyperbole when used appropriately can be hilarious, but why? Why do we use it so often? Is it because everything is awesome, amazing, or literally the best? Or is it because people are running out of words?
How many people actually make the effort to find new words to express how they actually feel? It might be that people might actually don’t know any better words to vocalize what they are thinking and feeling. What does that mean?
To me media is food. Media consumption is consuming ideas and words. The latter is more important to my argument, but that does not make learning new ideas any less important. The problem is the quality of media and the kind of words people pick up. Easy media to consume is like sugary foods: easy to consume but very unhealthy. After enough donuts, you’re probably out of shape.
Easy to consume media that we enjoy is junk food. It tickles our brain and since there’s no effort involved in consuming it, it makes it an easy go to for entertainment. This sort of entertainment teaches us nothing other than feel good just like sugar is sweet and tickles our mouth.
Another of the point he makes during the video is that we do this to validate our existence. That we have experienced something so beyond belief that somehow our life is marked by that moment and the world needs to know it via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
The fact that we don’t have enough words to express our disbelief or describe how we feel about something and that even if it’s not important the world needs to know what we had for breakfast or that our best friends are literally the worst doesn’t seem to worry Mike Rugnetta (the host) at all.
He ends the video simply asking ‘where do we go from here?’ The we irritates me here more than ever. It refers to millennials who don’t read (please do not kill me, this is an exaggeration), people who are not media savvy and will lap up whatever the Pop culture media machine pushes out its rear end.
Don’t take offense to my remark if you know that you are not part of this group. If you are not sure, you probably are. Mike’s optimism is ridiculous compared to how qualified people under 30 are to logically express their opinions and defend them. The fact that he can do this and articulate like a person who understands what he is talking about is fine, but people need to read more and watch less.