How “Mean Tweets” Hurt Us All

Mean TweetsAs a someone who’s been blogging for quite a few years, I have come to think of Twitter as indispensible, and not only because it’s a way to reach however many people that happen to be interested in what I happen to be saying.

Twitter can be actually challenging to use at times, mainly because my thoughts don’t always easily allow themselves to be twisted and contorted into a mere 140 characters.

Which I actually—most of the time–appreciate because it doesn’t tolerate verbosity and forces me to GET TO THE POINT! unlike Facebook, which I deal with more because it’s expected these days, than deriving any sort of enjoyment (though I like the way it allows people to join groups based on their likes or dislikes, so obscure topics, such as whether or not Freddie Freiburger is responsible of the abrupt tonal shift from Year One to Year Two of Space: 1999 (Yes, if you want an easy answer; Not exactly, if nuance is your North Star) and whether Year Two was better than One (overall, Year Two was more visual and action-orientated than Year One, which was good, though the cost was the jettisoning of the contemplativeness that made the first year so fascinating). Such questions are discussed with a passion that someone unfamiliar with would find either curious, weird or extremely nerdy.

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world’s most beautiful nonsense

IMG_0286 Gwyneth Paltrow is an attractive woman, don’t get me wrong, but the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman!?”  Really?  I hate to say this, but I have seen women just as attractive as she is – if not more – walking down the street on any given day.

Speaking of which, why does everything have to be the ‘Most Beautiful,’ this, or the ‘Most Handsome,’ that?

While I understand that such arbitrary judgements are little more than ways to sell more magazines, I think they’re dangerous in the long run because they create a moment of cognitive dissonance in people who view them.

For instance, if Brad Pitt is the “Most Beautiful Man,” what does that say about the rest of us?

In the same way that Gwyneth Paltrow is an attractive woman and Brad Pitt is an attractive man, but neither of them are “The Most Beautiful” anything.

We need to grow beyond such silly characterizations because not everyone – if anyone – is going be be able to meet such fanciful definitions of what ‘beautiful’ is.

The sad thing is that there will be people who try.  I imagine that the likelihood that such people will have to deal with some sort of eating disorder will be significantly higher those that don’t take in such nonsense.  For awhile such things were purely something that girls and women had to deal with, though young men aren’t immune to such issues.

That’s not to say that People Magazine causes anorexia, but I do believe it contributes in its own little way.