Okay I have been in a bit of rut of late but no more. It is funny how you can let the big things in the world drag you down, although I wonder if that is a bit of a chicken and egg scenario; do I feel down, so I succumb to scrolling through the slough of despair that is some parts of the internet, or is it the falling into that particular tar pit of information that brings me down.
The pandemic news seems doom laden, climate and environment news is even worse and the news out of the US and China is positively dystopian. I know things are bad when “Karen” videos start popping up on my YouTube feed and I am actually stupid enough to click on them.
Can we come up with a better designation for those sorts of entitled behaviours than “Karen”, my sister in law is called Karen and can think of no one less like the people portrayed in those videos or stories. It seems terribly unfair to designate entitled, hysterical behaviour with a personal name and terribly unimaginative. Can anyone think of an alternative?
A pejorative I have been guilty of using is; “Stepfords” to describe a uniquely middle class, entitled, conformity, it does not really fit the “Karen” phenomena but at least it is a lot less personal, although I concede sexist. I have had the pejorative’ “Okay boomer”, leveled at me , always fairly I have to admit, when I have had a bit of a boomer whinge about something in front of a younger person. It makes me smile and I generally concede I deserved that. Language is powerful, we should remember to at least be a little creative in our use of it. It shapes us and how we engage with the world and how we construct our identities in the world, something worth pondering.
Just as the types of media we consume and how we consume it can impact our outlook. Every time I go to YouTube I seem to see the ugly face of anger of one kind or another and it has been bringing me down. I use YouTube a lot, amongst the dodgy BS is some fantastic content I just have to remember to click on less of that dodgy content and more of the good stuff, inspiring or useful content that is there.
Okay that is probably enough whinging from me. I confess this is probably more of a journal entry than a blog post but I am trying to discipline myself to write more for the blog so this is post numero uno in a new cycle. Stay tuned life is getting interesting again.