Monday, 21 November 2016

The Fake World We Live In

Twenty-five years ago, I used to pick up the Weekly World News.  I read it mostly.....because it was all fake.  Nothing in the WWN was ever real....you could depend that.

I sat down last week to examine this idea of fake news.

What has happened over the past two decades is that we are now flooded with a massive amount of fake news....fake TV.....fake sports....fake acting....fake politics.....fake religion....fake education...and fake reality.

You can get up and watch two hours of the Today Show on NBC, and probably expect a blend of 50-percent reality and 50-percent fake. They do it so well now, that you might not even notice the difference.

On Sundays, you can go and attend some church service, which is blended with some scripture reading, some fake talk by the minister, and view some stirred up people who aren't really sure about where the real stuff and fake stuff get separated.

You can sit and watch shows like Amish Mafia, Storage Wars, or Duck Dynasty.....and get a dose of fake stuff.

Both the Republicans and Democrats engage upon so much fake stuff.....that you have pretender Republicans trying to pretend that they are Republicans....but doing a lousy job at it.  Even the President at times....goes through some fake act, and you just ask what the heck that was all about.

University operations?  They've done their best to convince you the parent and some stupid 18-year-old kid that $20,000 a year on some degree program is worth the money, but then you start asking questions and eventually realize that the eventual degree....is mostly fake and not worth the money you paid. The professors?  They work hard, but mostly lead you to ask just how fake they are.

The simple truth is that we can't see to tell a difference anymore.  Fake is a reality in our lives.

Some stupid teen will attend two years of college and get themselves all twisted into a frenzy.....yet not be able to structure a mature moment of observation and thought-process.  It's so bad now....that the teen will go into some fit and ask for a "safe-place" to comfort themselves.  And the safe-place they get?  It's fake.  Yeah....it's as fake as the fit that the teen was throwing.

How much of our lives are fed into this fake reality?  It's hard to say.....maybe fifty percent.....maybe even seventy percent.

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all help to achieve the fake level of reality.  You might have a dozen friends on Facebook who are fake, and you don't even realize it.

So I came back to the Weekly World News.  I probably haven't read a copy in ten years....and I discovered that they quit production in 2007.  Reason?  Not enough business....no profit.  And now?  With everything virtually fake, I doubt that they could really exist.  It's funny.....society is so fake....they wouldn't even read the Weekly World News.  That says a lot.

The Cheap-Cheap-Cheap Tickets

I follow the airline business and news a good bit.  Over the weekend, I noticed this new ticket gimmick....from United Airlines.

The deal is "basic economy".  So, you get a heavily discounted ticket....in fact....really cheap.

But there's this other part of the deal.  First, you will only have a purse or computer bag.....no carry-on or suit-case allowed.  Second, no pre-selected seats.....you just get what's left over.  And then the final part of the deal....you will be the last to board on every single flight.

A normal ticket that might run $250.....might be discounted off to $180 to $190 for this basic economy....which might entice some folks, but then you start thinking about how to pack or survive.

Some guys will look at Fedex and just ship a small package with a change of clothing and their shaving bag to the destination hotel....if this were a five-day thing.

Some folks will simply stuff a pair of underwear and socks into the computer bag, for a two-day trip and just survive off this.

For a business guy, the ticket might make sense.  For 95-percent of society, no....this probably isn't that practical.

Comments from the public so far?  Pretty negative.  Most say that United is just out to screw people, and it's unfair.  The thing is....when you look at a typical 6AM flight out of Nashville or Atlanta....probably half the folks onboard are simply business people going to a meeting somewhere within three hours and intend to fly back home either that night or the next morning.  Most travelers aren't that type, but the early AM guys are usually that way.

Maybe in three years, everyone admits this was a good idea and others will adapt to it.  Most regular people?  No....they probably will never sign up for the discount.