OPINION PIECE (warning warning warning)
When I say ‘slow down kids’, I am not directing it toward only youth. I mean everyone. We are inundated on a daily basis with quick fixes, headlines, shorter and shorter books; think novel > novella>novelette>short story e-book publishing … Well you know what I am getting at. I am getting at what sells. And the thing that baffles me most is that these ways of communication have developed in recent months as opposed to years. We are going that fast.
Because I’m writing a novel, my time is limited and I find myself unable to find enough time to visit all the blog posters I would like to, but I’ll be damned if I am going to fake it by scrolling through the reader, clicking ‘like’ without reading the posts. (pet peeve also)
Our collective attention span is fading and interest in the full story waning. FaceBook is a prime example of this. People jump on stories with comments based on reading only the headline or more annoying to me, based on major ignorance of the subject. (pet peeve of mine). You can’t fix stupid as they say, but allowing so many misconceptions especially about the more taboo subjects is a real pity. The delusions of the masses travel much faster and are ‘sexier’ than the facts. I feel as though we are constantly feeding into ignorance without a solution to stop the slide.
What prompted this post was, this morning while I was going through my normal routine – I came across a discovery. I have done quite a bit of content work, read what works best and applied the suggestions, from breaking up the text to bold headlines to writing lists. To further keep the reader’s interest, I noticed only today that the headline teasers screamed: 3 Ways to … 5 Quick Reasons to …, 4 Unique Tips to …
Only a flash of time ago the lists (catering to the modern reader) held at least 10-20 fast fixes to make your life better. Now, they are cut in half or less. This is really a concern for me because I ask myself what subject or problem can be fully addressed in minute segments of perhaps 3 lines each?
I am a self-confessed headline reader. Part of that early morning routine is to read the headlines that Google News provide to me. I like to know what’s going on in the world at a glance and can usually have a vague idea by the headlines alone, but won’t vice an opinion or assume I know the subject based on a quick look. If it is something of particular interest, I’ll go back to read it or look it up once I go on line. But I don’t fall for what has come to be known as ‘click-bait’. In fact the sexier (sic) the headline, the less likely I will be interested.
Writing this post will prompt me to Slow Down as well. The universe, nature, the world and humanity deserve more of our attention. Below is what I came up with when I searched this morning. It gave me food for thought. ‘Nuf said. I think I just needed to talk about this :) Thanks for your TIME!
Selena Gomez age: 22 (2015)
Wonderful talented artist.
Here are the partial lyrics to Slow Down
Now that I have captured your attention
I wanna steal ya for a rhythm intervention
Mr. TSA*, I’m ready for inspection
Sh-sh-show me how you make a first impression
Can we take it nice and slow, slow
Break it down and drop it low, low
Cause I just wanna party all night in the neon lights ’til you can’t let me go
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
Hello lamppost, What cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growing.
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo, Feelin’ groovy.
Got no deeds to do, No promises to keep.
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all it’s petals on me.
Life, I love you, All is groovy.