Why I’ve Got to Go On an Internet Diet

In general, I don’t believe in dieting; I do, however, believe in being conscious of what you’re putting in your body. That goes for media too. I expose myself to varying amounts of media at different times. Sometimes, all I consume are books and movies. Sometimes, I’ll read the “news” (it’s rarely new information). And sometimes, I’ll take in a few blog posts. Of course, there are times when I do all of the above in a constant stream of meaningless sounds, words and images and eventually I want to blow my brains out.

Yesterday, I read a couple of articles on theguardian and a pictorial on boredpanda. This turned out to be a huge mistake. The first article was about how mindfulness might be making some people “ill.” The author talked about peoples'(including her own) experiences of mindfulness meditation triggering traumatic feelings and memories. Instead of delving into why this might happen for some, the article suggested that mindfulness, NOT PAST TRAUMA, might be the culprit. The culprit of what you might ask? Scary feelings! That we haven’t been taught to question, accept, or cope with! AAAGGGHHHH! In a culture that offers up introspective practices as some sort of anesthetic to dull the pain of an existence in which your worth is measured by how much you contribute to the GDP, of course you’re going to be disappointed when mindfulness does not offer the quick and easy fix you might have hoped for!

From this article, I bounced over to one about how older women are being under-utilized in the work force. The author sought to convince readers (maybe potential employers) that older ladies were still great at multitasking, more caring and “less self-centered” than they were in their younger years. Sooo…..older ladies are willing to sacrifice more of themselves for others? They’re less self-centered so maybe they’ll accept less pay for more work! Older ladies are a precious resource just WAITING to be exploited! Score!

The straw that broke the camel’s back was a pictorial on boredpanda that supposedly showed how war veterans that had lost their limbs could still be “sexy.” It featured numerous (mostly male) amputees, slathered in oil, giving their best “sexy” poses for the camera. Some of them with the weapons that may have taken off those limbs! No, it wasn’t done ironically, the guns were supposed to be sexy. Not even a bored panda could look at this crap and think it was anything worth consuming. Where do I start with all the denigration this article represents? The people pictured with their limbs blown off were devalued when they were considered expendable in war, they probably had to devalue the other side in order to feel okay about blowing them up and after being blown up themselves, they’re reassured of their status as objects by being sexually objectified. Don’t worry, you can be a sex object no matter how you look! Objectification for all!

Needless to say, a piece of my brain atrophied and I am now on life support and typing with a straw but it’s for the better–makes it much harder to click my way into another brain aneurysm any time soon. Ta!

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