The Thursday Three #17

  1. In the last Thursday Three, I wrote about the biasedness of journalism. Apparently, it’s not only journalism. This article talks about the case of biased language in a geography textbook. I don’t care whether the biased language is slanted to the right or to the left. History, geography, and all other subjects should be portrayed as objectively as possible, or else we are doing a great disservice to the kids (and others) who learn it. It’s sad when the publisher’s agenda has become more important than telling the truth and using precise language in which to tell it.
  2. A great post on Mere Observations got me thinking about the phenomenon of how we can be together, yet alone. There have been countless times when I’m driving along on the highway and I turn my head to see the driver in the lane beside me with his phone in his hand texting. Then there are the people I see talking on the phone in their cars at six in the morning. We cannot bear the alone-ness of the solo commute, so we turn to our gadgets to bring us connections. Yet at the same time, when we are physically together, we are still miles apart, texting on those same gadgets. Our hearts are restless.
  3. As for NaNoWriMo, I’m basically where I was last week with my idea. I have some threads of a plot now, but I’m not quite sure how to bring them together. My original idea came from a bad dream I had in which my brother was trapped in the Internet, but as with all dreams, that one wouldn’t translate as well to the page as it seemed like it would in my head, so I played with it until it began to make sense as a story. Instead of being trapped in the Internet, my characters are going to get trapped in an alternate universe of sorts. So that should be good enough to hold my interest for 30 days and 50,000 words.

4 thoughts on “The Thursday Three #17

  1. I agree about history, geography, social studies being objective!! I wonder what state these books are used in?
    I am working on Nano as well. I need to get my ideas together.
    So many times I see couples out for dinner and they are on their phones instead of talking to each other…or twenty something people too concerned about taking a selfie- instead of their surroundings I am seeing NO PHONES signs in the not so distant future!!

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    • I think so. Or maybe restaurants will have baskets at the front where you have to deposit your phone before you can get a table. I think that’s already done in schools–teachers collect all the students’ phones before starting class.

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  2. The thing about people having to feel connected even when alone (or at least having to be busy every minute) is one aspect, but the other side, that the other blog talks about, is even sadder. All the people, couples and families, you see in restaurants with each person just focused on his or her phone.

    When my mother had company for dinner, she’d let her (landline) phone go to voicemail.

    Talking of the (related) always-being-busy point, I was at the dentist recently, and as I sat back in the chair, waiting for my jaw to get numb, the nurse asked if I wanted to read, or listen to music, and she seemed surprised that I was happy just to wait. I gathered that this was unusual in her experience.

    A comfortable chair, a slight breeze from the open window, a nice vew of the street outside — that was plenty.

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    • I think that’s the best way to go. If you have company, don’t answer the phone. I read about people putting their phones in the center of the table at a restaurant, and the first person who picks up their phone has to pay for everyone’s meal. I guess that’s one way of assuring quality friend/family time.

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