It’s hard not to comment on things that are completely absurd. The problem is that there are so many absurd things that the media focuses on. Recently the big story has been that the female half of the White House party crashers has run off with the guitarist from Journey – a band from MY era. The response is that her husband goes on a talk show to complain that all she wants is more fame and money. Talk about the pot calling the kettle Teflon!
I have to wonder if I’m on the wrong planet, or the wrong dimension or something. Rod Serling at his best couldn’t have come up with the bizarre situations such as those we experience every day. Sorry, Rod, but your Twilight Zone cannot compare to ours.
Of course, most of the weird experiences are tied directly to the “media.”
“Media,” of course, is the plural of medium in the same way that alumni is the plural of alumnus and opera is the plural of opus (that one surprised me the first time I heard it, too.) So, therefore, media is the equivalent of mediums. More than one medium. Is that like more average than average?
me•di•um adjective, noun
1. a middle state or condition; mean.
2. something intermediate in nature or degree.
3. an intervening substance, as air, through which a force acts or an effect is produced.
4. the element that is the natural habitat of an organism.
5. surrounding objects, conditions, or influences; environment.
The first definition basically refers to “average” as in what would rate a grade of “C.” Most parents would not brag about their C-level students. There’s a reason for that.
Of course a medium also is someone who claims to speak to the spirits of the dead. I guess that’s because the living don’t find them very interesting.
The saddest part of this whole situation is that now Journey’s reputation has been diminished. It’s a bad sign when the groupie gets more attention than the band.
All things considered, I think that I would prefer something better than a medium. I’m going to turn off the television and find a good book. Good is better than medium.