For years, NPR has read the Declaration of Independence over the air. This year, they also tweeted it. Line by line. And a tweetstorm began. Was it a discussion about the fact that this single document spoke out against tyranny? No. Instead it was people responding the series of tweets (100 of them) claiming that NPR was biased and was attacking the president.
1) Interesting that his name was never mentioned, but when it came to posts regarding tyranny and a "prince", people leaped on it screaming that they were picking on their poor little president.
2)It shows a lack in our education system. I was taught to read the DoI. I was taught to search for context before making assumptions. I was taught to read the whole passage.
3) It also, once again, drove home the point that we no longer have the desire to learn. To think. To search outside of ourselves for knowledge. So many of us walk around comfortable in what we "know". There is no desire to look for the things we don't know.
Knowledge is dangerous. Not in the way some may think. Knowledge is dangerous because it can throw us off of our comfy little seat high above everyone else. When we learn, we risk learning that other people (male, female, black, white, gay, straight) are more similar than we thought. That means they become real people, not just "that trump supporter", "that snowflake", "that cop", "person with tattoos for head to toe". We are all real people. There is your challenge. Get out there and truly get to know someone you normally wouldn't.
Let me start by saying that I don't envy the Emmy nomination committee. They have to view so many nominations with only a handful of choices to be made. The job would not be fun. With the addition of original web-based programming, there is even more to wade through. The programming is more diverse and often deals with topics that cannot be effectively tackled on network or even cable television.
One such show is on Netflix. Jessica Jones, a show based on the Marvel comic Alias, stars Krysten Ritter. She's got super strength, but she's most definitely not your typical super hero. Once a happy-go-lucky woman, Jessica is now an alcoholic. To put it lightly, she has intimacy issues, as evidenced by the fact that she hasn't spoken to her best friend in a year and hooks up with a man that she knows will reject her the moment he learns her secret.
Ritter does an amazing job of portraying of Jessica. Jessica has gone through a hell that can only be imagined by the best psych thriller authors. Yet, she still survives.