I’m in a foul, wondering mood.
I have seen public life get less and less dignified over the years. So many people are jaded. The internet came along and every angry, weird, crazy person was able to find buddies even quicker and stay isolated in their camps. People feel emboldened to be meaner in these gangs. Along with these new ways of socializing, the ever-expanding marketplace has tentacles ever further into our psyches through the same web with which we reach “our people”. People with nothing to sell are obsessed with their “brand”. What?
I see someone like the over the top Tristan Paredes on Youtube ruthlessly taking down all the Youtube voice teaching snake oil salespeople and I wonder if he’s just too much. But is he? The people he is criticizing are indeed way overstating what is possible with their methods and products. Often Tristan will cite research to back himself up. He is very good at identifying what doesn’t work. It isn’t always clear what he thinks DOES work, but he sure does have great ears and a rational mind. I would hate getting sucked into battles of my own creation in that manner but maybe he likes it.
I have considered taking on a different persona and name, with a new Youtube channel in order to satirize the things I hear the Youtube voice teachers say. I would prefer to simply call bullshit plain and simple on this blog, but it stirs up so much resistance and doesn’t change minds all that well. I get enough hate mail the way it is! I guess people’s reactions are their business, not mine. But what, really, is a blogger’s (my) business?
These are my jumbled thoughts after a rough day in a rough week in a rough country going through a rough time.