I just read the following article in USA Today:
Now, if I’m going to make any comments in an article in USA Today, then I’m obviously behind the times, in terms of relevancy.
Kindof like saying, “I’m a huge fan of the Rolling Stones. I bought their greatest hits album last year, and they’re really good!”
But I barely understand the need for needless over-criticsm, and I completely don’t understand the need for someone to devote any minutia of their life on it.
On Sunday, my wife was watching the True Hollywood Story on Rachael Ray. Suze loves Rachel Ray, because she got her interested in cooking. She knew Rachael Ray waaaaaay before most people did. She was talking about her back in 2002.
They mentioned on the show that there is a ‘Rachael Ray Sucks’ website, where a woman (who agreed to be interviewed for the piece) posts how annoying Rachael Ray makes her. She created a web site just to do this.
Now, normally I might say ‘WHY!’, but this woman just got her face on cable television, and got to speak for 2-3 minutes. But it’s soooo stupid. I mean we aren’t even talking taking a critical view of a genre. Like if this woman reviewed daytime television and just slammed Rachael Ray each time, that’d be fine.
Everyone has a beef. If I was writing a weekly wrestling column, I’d be telling about how Hulk Hogan has crippled the sport, almost every time. If I wrote a comic book column, I’d be the lone voice who says that Grant Morrison’s plots (even the standard stuff like X-Men and JLA) make me think that drugs have taken Mr. Morrison’s last brain cells into the ether or out his ass.
But, there’s a difference between a critical eye and an attack.
Personally, other than the fact that she’s fairly cute, Rachael Ray holds little interest for me. Sometimes I hear her speak on her show and think she really needs medication to stop the voices in her head who she is laughing with.
I mean anyone who has ever leant their voice to the nebula of discourse and uninformed opinions that is the Internet, has had this happen to them.
The first experience I remember is when I posted the results from an ECW wrestling card on rec.sport.pro-wrestling. The next day I received a the response of “Yoo are stoopid. ECW sux!”
And I sat their, stunned by it. Not that someone had insulted me. But that I had simply provided information (with some commentary), and someone took the time to reply and tell me that ECW “sux”.
If I had written a post saying “ECW is the BEST Wrestling Promotion, and Here’s Why!”, then that is inviting comments such as ones from my esteemed internet colleague, mentioned above.
Now, we can just turn this into, “People are just stupid fuckheads, all looking to promote themselves at the expense of anyone else.” But I think it’s even worse than that, to be honest. I think this speaks as to the divisiveness of the culture today. I think this speaks as to the “me first, fuck everyone else” culture of today. And even to the underlying culture of violence of the country.
And this isn’t me. These aren’t my beliefs. I don’t believe that the world is worse than it was ‘back in the day’. I don’t think that people care less about each other than they used to. But stuff like this really makes me question it.
Anyway, I’m being pulled in fifty directions with ideas of what more to say. So time to stop.