(If you have been led to this site by a search engine after April the first, I apologize.)
I will confess that, when I wrote the title for this little joke, I was wondering what sort of title would get the most hits on search engines. It is a sort of experiment.
It is also a sign of my more cynical side. In the past I noticed my best writing was hardly noticed by anyone, but then I blogged a very short item that interested me about 100,000 dolphins appearing off the coast of San Diego, and having “100,000 dolphins” in the title meant that suddenly my obscure site was getting “hits” from all over the world.
In other words, the way to get attention, (if that is what you want,) has very little to do with writing well, or even the Beauty and Truth of life.
I think this is something the news media has discovered. I noticed an article over on the “Free Range Kids” site which pointed out that, although there were only 68 murders a year in Toronto, the TV news had a murder headlined every night. Why? A gory slaying kept people from switching the channel. It also gave people the false impression that things were getting worse and crime was increasing in Toronto, when things were getting better and there were fewer murders. (The police didn’t complain about the false impression, because it meant they got more funding.)
When what is false sells, what happens to the truth?
But here is the good news. The law of supply and demand operates in the world of Truth and Falsehood.
When everyone is chasing the ambulances of falsehood, glued to media falsehood on the screen, and attracted to the money, and fame, and status, that being wrong apparently generates, they have to pay a high price.
Meanwhile the price for Truth and Beauty remains low, for the demand is so low. The poets and prophets are not pestered and crowded, and walk in peace in the spring sunshine. They are all over the place, but the media is oblivious as they stroll on by.
In fact one might be coming down my road right now. I don’t know why I’m sitting here indoors. See ya later!