The bravest man in the United States today is Presidential Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
He has to deal with “Shoot off your mouth first and take out your brain later.”
Years and years ago, at a convention of columnists in Portland, Ore., a representative came to tell us about an upcoming invention called the World Wide Web.
I think she was from AT&T, but I really don’t remember. What I do remember is that the entire group of writers, having listened to what was to be forthcoming, decided to a man, and woman, that an Information Superhighway was a really bad idea.
We were against it overwhelmingly.
The sad part of the story was there were not enough of us to stop it. Now look where we are.
I am blaming the “www” for most everything bad that is going on today, because everybody everywhere is aware of the bad thoughts and feelings of everybody else.
We share too much, don’t you think?
I have friends whom I know and love who send pictures out over the airwaves of the food they had for lunch.
I know of one lady in particular who had five portraits of herself in only one day of Facebook. What is that about?
It’s about “me-ism,” I think. People who are narcissists, who emulate the guy from Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image.
More and more I am wondering whatever happened to all those private people who kept their business to themselves.
I had a brother-in-law, now in heaven, who was such a sweet man. But when I tried once to write about something he had done as a kid, he would have none of it.
I have, from time to time, wanted to write a feature story about this one or that one and been told “no” in no uncertain terms. So you all have missed hearing about some really interesting people. They were reticent about becoming public figures, even in so small a space.
What has happened to all those reticent people?
They have learned how to use the World Wide Web, that’s what. And, according to a report last week on ”60 Minutes,” they have gotten hooked on smart phones. That report showed how the makers have lured phone users into being addicted to them.
Someone needs to hide away for respite times all the smart phones of all the people. Beginning with the Chief Tweeter.
And because everyone who writes and everyone who broadcasts has to spend a huge amount of time and space verifying everything that is written and broadcast, we all need to learn to tell the truth and have respect for it. Beginning with the Chief Tweeter.