I guess I need to ride naked through Caddo on a buffalo and have someone record it for YouTube. I can’t think of much else that I could do or say to make my blog “go viral”. That seems to be the latest goal of people: to have their blog or FB page viewed by a million people so they can appear on one of the talk shows. One of the most recent to join the ranks of the instantly famous is the mom who dressed her little boy as a girl for Halloween. Who knew that 33,000 people would care enough to post a comment about it, or that the national news would pick it up? A five-year-old dressed as a girl? Really? Controversial? Since when? Are we that desperate for entertainment?
I’m constantly amazed by the things that people will watch on television or YouTube. Society seems to crave the shocking, weird, freakish, scandalous, and bizarre. The trouble is that we have seen so much, and have become so accustomed to the peculiar and outrageous that it takes more and more to shock us. Hence people resort to “balloon boy” and other cons. I don’t even trust “funniest videos” anymore. I keep thinking “why were they videotaping that in the first place?”
And that begs the question about the other side of the coin. What will a person do to be in the spotlight for their fifteen minutes of fame? Why are people so desperate for recognition? What do they think will happen next- money? glory? power?
I think I’ll keep my clothes on and just keep doing my thing. I like to write down my thoughts and ideas and share them. And I like to hear from you, but I’m not going to do something weird to get more comments or to appear on television.