Thursday, April 2, 2009


Michelle Panik. Fiction writer. ESL teacher-in-training. And now, clairvoyant.

I would forthwith like to predict the cultural backlash against Facebook, Twitter, My Space, and all the other social networking websites. It has all become too much.

Perhaps you've seen CNN's midday show, where the news crawler contains not media updates (which are lame anyway, but that's for another blog post) but Tweets and other types of social networking correspondences.

From this afternoon, while I was enjoying a beautiful bowl of tofu cashew curry:

"meede: I turn on TV & WOW. DOW over 8000! Obama gift sign of 21st Century Pres! Kewll Obamas did us proud as knew they would"

(Yes, I did pause my TV and transcribe this.)

I hope I'm not the only person who feels this way, but when I'm looking for news, I don't want it from someone identified only as "zrreal" or "malignanttooma." The smartest economists in the world don't know for sure what any sort of recovery plan do; surely "SuperDPS" doesn't have the answer, although he may have a G-20 conspiracy theory.


lpanik said...

Welcome to the news. It will and does distort anything and everything to their liking.

Now I have this friend I know and he is wondering if he will get his wish. Can you say?


Mark Panik said...

That's ridiculous. There's no such thing as a "beautiful bowl of tofu cashew curry". Is that even food?

Michelle Panik said...

Mea culpa. That should have read "tofu cashew NUT curry."

Mom said...

You are indeed clairvoyant in regards to Facebook and Twitter:

I'm glad to know it's not a generational thing; I think there's a technology overload. Just because it's available doesn't mean we have to use it.

Kathryn Law said...

You're so right, and this is just one of the many, many reasons that we got rid of our television set three years ago--and we will never own another one. We just got sick of having our intelligence insulted. Instead, now we find intelligent writing about everything online. No commercials, nothing "dumbed down", as many viewpoints as you care to sample. The real stuff.