Wednesday, April 5, 2017

D is for Dare to Share

Discourse on hot trending topics often draws attention to what is being discussed. 

You ever find yourself bedazzled by a topic? So, you put your whole heart into it believing what is being said to be true only to find out that some parts of it are, but not all of it is factual.
It nearly broke my heart when I was driving up to Harlem for a choir rehearsal one evening a few years back, when a friend of mine called me on the phone to tell me that she saw on twitter that Michael Jackson had passed away. Social media seems the way to stay anchored on the current events happening all over the world these days. Or is it?

I remember during childhood playing this game telephone with my friends. The game went like this. The person at the start of the line said a word or phrase into the nearest person’s ear and then that person passes it along until the message is spread down to the end of the line. Though the phrase might have been simple, no two people recapped it the same. And then the last person said something totally out of left field that didn’t even sound similar to what was said when the telephone game started. And then you have the news.

Yeah, I guess people want to focus on what matters and when they see something trending on a topic that is either breaking news, a story of a situation that ignited on the streets of Baltimore or a death of a celebrity, it might stoke the flames of curiosity and cause a person to be drawn in. The story could have started with someone well-known being seen entering a hospital, the story becomes that the same individual got hit by a car and is in critical condition and then the next time the story is recanted, it speaks of the person's death, though that person is very well alive and might have simply walked into the hospital to visit a friend. What’s the source? Facebook. Who said it? TMZ.

I guess like the effects of poetry on a reader, each reader has their own interpretation of what the poet wrote. And like jazz, no two people will ever play the same groove in the same way because everyone expresses themselves in their own free and artistic way, though they might be playing the same song. Is this also the case of so-called “fake news?” Can we actually dive into a social media page and let the trending news topics take the spotlight in our minds? Is news that is shared journalistically, the same?

Oh, here we go, another Donald Trump tweet! A new day and another sad event that happened in the world to make your stomach turn and add to your deluge of doubt is trending. Oh, your favorite artist’s name is a current hashtag trend and you have to ponder its mysteries when they say that the person died. Did they? Information seems to always be there right at your disposal; but how much truth is actually being scampered out? What did the witness of the event actually say? Dare to share? 

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