Ice Bucket Challenge: Look at Me!

It’s hard to find anything sensible on social media; too many images tend toward the horribly violent – riots and executions this week – to the inane. This latest fad of dumping ice water is telling.bisonettechallengeDone in the name of a worthy cause – finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease – the hype of who’s doing it, not to mention how effectively they are dousing themselves as well as who’s being challenged and who accepts that challenge has become a predictably stupid focus. ice bucket challengeJustin Bieber was called out for not having ice, Charlie Sheen for dumping money and President Obama for not doing it at all. bieberWhile the challenge is an effective marketing ploy that has brought attention to a real medical issue, it also demonstrates a damning tendency of our need to fit in. Rather than calling on each other to watch these cold water farces, it would make so much more sense to donate, just donate, quietly and thoughtfully, and nothing else.

Just as we would all like to see an end to suffering, it would really be something to see this change progress not as another fad – and so not streaking and tweeting – but rather as something we share and consider and then act as best we can. streakignfor tigersHelping one another; that’s the rub.

My Problem with the President’s Selfies

President Obama is a fine leader. Calm and judicious, he has tried to apply common sense in a time where few seem to give a damn.

Although he hasn’t applied the same reasoned approach as of late.

Nelson Mandela's funeral

Nelson Mandela’s funeral

David+Ortiz+selfie+with+President+Obama+cropIt seems that he has forgotten that selfie tomfoolery is beneath his office, connecting him too much to ‘folks’ like these…bieber KK1 selfie-selfie-beautiful-girl-1382219169He just needs to be reminded of where this road goes.

Carlos Danger

Carlos Danger

New York Images: Calatrava to Bieber

A few New York images:

Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Transportation Hub

               Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Transportation Hub going up

Not Quite Eye-to-Eye

                                                           Not Quite Eye-to-Eye

$100 per three weeks ago

                                  From $100 each to garbage in just three weeks


                                                   A musical comedy perhaps?