Not As Weird
One of the points of this blog is to collect odd and interesting things, indeed, however an even farther reaching point is to explore how the internet is desensitizing us measly humans from thinking anything other-cuture is strange. The internet is, essentially, our modern day Tower of Babel.
I was reminded of this point thanks to Boing Boing today with their post, “Weird News that is No Longer Weird.”
Back in 2003, pioneering weird news curator Chuck Shepherd made a list of stories that were once weird but became so common that they don’t impress him anymore. I agree with most of his picks, but there’s always a place on Boing Boing for Africa’s magically vanishing penises. From Chuck Shepher’s “No Longer Weird” list:
31. postal worker hoards mail because he’s behind in delivering it
32. bank robber hails taxi or municipal bus for getaway
33. the annual student cheating riots in Bangladesh
34. criminal on the lam goes on national tv talk show and mentions that he’s wanted
35. dog steps on gun, shooting the master
36. pack of animals breaks into liquor cabinet or fermenting vat, get drunk
37. a loved one died at home, but the relative never gets around to burying him or her
38. school zero-tolerance policies for “weapons” that are purely, obviously ornamental
Whether or not you personally still think some of what’s listed above (or what’s on Chuck Shepherd’s longer list on his site) is still weird or if you’ve been desensitized, both posts prove my point to a degree.
I wonder where our culture will be in 50 years with this kind of desensitization process?