I had this really embarrassing social network situation the other day. We all know I try to avoid the "News" in all its forms because it's just so depressing. Usually I get as much as I need to know to keep me going through life from Yahoo News one liners. With Yahoo, I can be selective with my news. I can, for instance, bypass the story of the some pissed off guy who takes a machine gun to college and instead read the one about the woman who gave birth on an airplane so they upgraded her to first class. See, so much less depressing, right?
Okay so back to Facebook, I write as my status: 'Just found out Gadahfi is dead. Yay Libia!!'
So one friend writes:
And then I think...Did I spell Gadahfi wrong too? I bet I put the 'H' in the wrong place....sure enough, I'm corrected on that too.
In my defense, I was super conscious of not spelling LABIA, so I think I over compensated by forgetting the 'Y' completely. Of course, spelling *Libia* isn't half as embarrassing as writing Labia...but I looked super ignorant, and I dislike looking anything other than perfect and smart. Gadhafi isn't exactly Smith or Jones and I'm pretty sure the 'H' is silent, so I could have put it anywhere and it would still be silent, right?
So, I decided to make a conscious effort to listen/watch/read more news and this is what I have filled my pure, innocent *ahem* mind with....
1. In Ohio, a man who owns an exotic animal zoo opens all the cages then kills himself. The animals, lions and tigers and a monkey with herpes - 40 animals in total - were shot dead by police because they're "not equipped to deal with animals..."
2. A 10 month old baby girl goes missing from her bed in the middle of the night and her mother is the prime suspect. They're currently looking in abandoned wells in the area.
3. There was a horrific earthquake in Turkey where at least 1000 people lost their lives. One man lost his mother, wife and four children. Can you imagine anguish like that?
And there were other ones, but I've evidently blanked them all out of my mind due to their graphic, sad nature because I cannot remember anymore. They were really gruesome though, I remember being thoroughly shocked. I remember thinking, "this is why I don't read the news!"
I don't want to read about murders and missing babies and suicides and natural disasters. I mean it's great that we're all pulling out of Iraq and I'm super stoked that Afghanistan might be next (or already happened, or....something....). It's great that they're finding survivors in the rubble in Turkey.
I think I'll continue to be selective with the stories I read...