Reality Bites by James A. Norton

The thing about smart people is that they sound like crazy people to dumb people.

Okay, so that’s not exactly how that quote goes, but, I figured I would refrain from dropping a few f-bombs in the first line of my column/rant.

This is the place where I go off at half tilt on things that irk me. I try to create some common ground between myself and you, the reader, but I have been told that’s not always the case. I am going to work on that starting right now, so buckle up buttercup.

There are so many problems with people online these days that I will probably never run out of topics. This week, instead of focusing on the morons who think they are comedians, intellectuals and life-coaches, I want to inform the masses that not every you read online is truth. I know, that’s a hard one to believe, especially when it comes to Facebook, so take a moment for yourself.

What I am on about this week is the rush to bring our friends, family and followers the latest and greatest in up to the second information and news. As a people, online, we all suffer from a lack of restraint in so many ways it is truly epic. I watched the other day as one completely faked picture of the tornado that dropped in Revere went viral like wildfire through Facebook in a matter of minutes.

Listen, I’m not trying to tell you not to post things on your Facebook wall or a group you Admin – all I am saying is that, as in everything else in life, be a little skeptical when something sounds too good to be true. Click on the link you want to share before you share it – read or watch what happens, do a little research with Google, do something that will give you at least a small measure of confidence in what you post.

The other thing that got to me recently was this whole Demoulas situation. I am so not going to rehash or even give it enough validation here other than to say that while people always have the best intentions, there should always be a little hesitation before we follow someone into the fire, before we grab for that Solo cup of Kool-Aid. Business is business – a company is out to make money and just because they offer items we need at prices we happen to like better than the other company, doesn’t mean that the company in question is all about saving people money and not making money for themselves. Stay out of big business – let them work their own shit out. People win and win big in business and guess what – people have to lose and lose big. That’s the nature of the beast.

I’m sorry, I just think people can be so silly…this isn’t 1969 people, get over yourselves and worry about your health, your kids, your grandkids – shit that is important – not some CEO who got power-played out of a business situation by other business people (and family too). It’s really none of your business, none at all – unless you’re a dummy and like to make other people’s business your own. #GMK

One thought on “Reality Bites by James A. Norton”

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more, Jamie. I”ve been cautioning folks for years about being too free with personal information they post. And to be especially skeptical about plagiarizing blogs posing as news sources. But to paraphrase the late, great P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”


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