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Ran Kimes Bullshit News

Many of us fail to fully educate ourselves about the world and our surroundings, often resorting to shortcuts and bullshit news. Myself included. I try my best to educate myself the best I can on a topic that pulls me in and find myself intrigued at the very least or passionate at the other end of the shoots and ladder slide.

As I get older, I understand more that we will not all get along. Nor should we. I say that with love and respect because without the Ying and yang, there is no “other”. There is no you, I, this, or that without “other”. Differences are necessary for creation and candid conversations. This is not a new concept. It is as old as time.

However,

Please read the fucking article if you are going to spew off about a headline. Seriously, you look like a fool. Yeah sure, to most people you lay the facade of a well read educated aristocrat plowing your way through society, but to the people that actually read the article, you are a toolbag.

If there is a big story that hits the news cycle, one, it is an enormous issue or two; it is smoke and mirrors, sight of hand tactics used to drown out what is really happening, and people bite, and bite hard. I use, for example, frequently. I walked into work one morning with an enormous news story on the circuit. The topic is irrelevant for this conversation to not fire everyone up and get the trolls hot and heavy in their own stink. Let’s just say it is a story about a big event, perhaps politics. Yeh, OK, politics. Let’s go with a political story during an election year within weeks of a major election. It doesn’t have to be that, but it’s the major topic I recall.

I woke, made coffee, shit, showered and read the news like most people. As I walked into the building, I could feel the charged air and sense the hot vibe. Groups and cliques form between cubicles and in the corridors before the work bell, chatting up the morning headline.

“Holy fucking shit did you hear—”,

“No way, really?”

“I heard—”

“Well, I heard—”

They all fill in each other’s blanks on the topic, not knowing the full details. As long as it fits into their ideology and narrative, it is truth. They appear profound to their colleagues. Wow, he is well read; they may say. I will need to read that article, one replies, I will forward it to you, the other says, and he does. That person receives the emailed article, reads the headline, gets up in a fury and starts a fresh round on the topic.

My inner social experiment itch nags at me to explore and dig into the phenomenon. So I walk the circuit, listening in on the different antagonists, lighting up adjectives based on a single headline. Each group has an entirely different dialog on the same event, as if they all read a different article.

I ponder this, and I go back to my desk and dig into the story deeper. The article this morning I thought I had a grasp on, but perhaps not. I open the top five news outlets’ websites and read each article on the event. They are mostly the same, except for occasional political jabs based on their outlet’s leaning.

I had to do it. I poked my head into a circle of gossip and simply asked, “Did you guys read the article?”. Of course we did, they say with heads nod. “But, did you guys actually read the article?” I asked again. The nods faded, and eyes dropped. The confidence dwindled.

I get it; I do. We are all slaves to what they want to inform us about. But at the very least, check your sources and do your due diligence before you spew your verbal diarrhea around to infect others who, in return, do the same.

Taking shortcuts is fine, but this particular one will make you look foolish.

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.