Today I interviewed a young man who, 4 years ago, lost feeling and control of everything from his chest down due to a horrific spinal cord accident.
He’s since gotten much better. In fact, he recently went jet skiing, thanks to a new medical procedure.
The dude sounded like everyone I went to school with. Happy, affable, loves the outdoors. We are both 29. The everyday confidence in his voice, that “can-do” attitude that America is best at, shone through. I just got off the phone with him. He has an incredible story.
At risk of sounding like your mother, you should cherish what you have, even your own two legs. Life is beautiful, tragic, sublime, and absurd.
Women are much more interesting than men.
How the brain operates when it’s reading a novel is completely different to how the brain operates when it’s reading the internet. When the brain reads the internet (or a cell phone or what have you) it’s constantly scanning for key words and visible anchors, such as gifs or flashy hyperlinks. These give the brain somewhat of a reminder as to where you are on the page, and the more of these means more for your brain. The trouble with real reading, as any big boy or big girl will tell you, is that there are no magic moving pictures in grown-up books. Or clickable links. I know! Whaaaa! We are all turning into a nation of giant near-illiterate babies who apparently only read the headline and the slugline and then leave it at that. Essentially: we are unlearning to read.
… one has to wonder when people will finally stop being so self-deprecating about this new medium. Nobody in Hollywood in the early 1920s went around saying, “This piece of shit movie business is just a bunch of jagoffs in their momma’s basement” — yet people seem to think it’s OK to do that at The Shortys (or, honestly, most other award shows centered around social media). Whether social media will truly take the place of movies is yet to be seen, although most certainly with modern distribution methods such as Netflix and YouTube democratizing the medium, all signs point to yes.
Considering millions upon millions of people view both of these platforms per day, per hour, and per minute — numbers that a Hollywood system can only dream of — maybe it’s time people started taking these sorts of award shows a little more seriously.