15 Days of Night
For all the ways that the Internet has been a blessing–hey, I have my job because of it, so I’m not gonna go disparaging it–there are some negatives, too. It has proven to be fertile ground for the lowest among us, for one thing, a breeding ground for sociopathic bullies (i.e. “trolls”). And it made it possible for the Kardashians to exist. (They’d still EXIST without it, sure, but chances are good nobody would know who the hell they are.) Another bad thing about the Internet, about social media in general, is that it shows you sometimes that people you respect–or respectED, past-tense–people you would have expected better of-are in actuality really stupid. Usually it’s something to do with politics that causes a person to display his stupidity for the world to see; the confirmation bias has made fools of many a man. (I’ve known folks with lots of smarts, but you could tell them ANYTHING negative about Obama and they’d believe it, no matter how outlandish or ridiculous it was, to provide one example.) Other times folks are just…stupid.
As to specifics, I’ve seen people I would have THOUGHT would know better sharing links on social media stating that the world will be plunged into darkness for fifteen days this month. Now wouldn’t you automatically know that was false the instant you saw it? If it were true we would have been hearing about it for YEARS beforehand. No, there will NOT be fifteen days of night this month. There will not even be ONE day of night. There WILL be an eclipse. It will occur on Monday August 21st, but it’s only going to last a few minutes at most. Sorry, vampires–those vampires who have problems with sunlight. (Not all vampires do, you know.) I hope not many of the Undead were dumb enough to buy into this nonsense.