Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday Soapbox - media and mental health

Not exactly a soapbox, or a great pose, but anyway!
I'm going on a bit of a rant here, no need to read to the end if ranting's not your thing!

The media is driving me bats at the moment with their mixed messages, poor journalism, lack of 'research', tendency to tell us what they think we want/need to hear and not actual news.

My example this week is an easy one to start with - mental health and sport. (I have issues with politics but that such a huge topic, I'm not ready to wade into that one yet, so I'm starting in a confined space!).

The Australian media has been on a huge 'campaign' about the number of mental health issues in society, and especially among sportsmen/women, in particular retired sportspeople. But it's been a huge issue and has been drawn to the public's attention, mostly because of the number of sportspeople seeking rehab or help and then allowing that to be made public to break down stigmas. But, sadly, there has also been a high number of suicides.

Awareness has been a big factor, but also everyone's duty of care, plus things to look out for, what we can do to help, etc etc. I was thinking this was good. The media were taking this issue seriously.

Then this week, the same media who have raised these issues, have vilified a star sportsman, his team and his coach. We've heard how the star is a waste of money, not wanted, detrimental to the team, not working with the younger players, etc etc etc. It's been horrific. And not just journalists have got into this, we've got retired players, ex-teammates, commentators all having their say.We have young blokes drawn into the argument, with quotes of their thoughts, which they've then denied they said. Denied meeting the journo. We've a footy team trying to play with all this hanging over their heads, screamed about for a whole week.

If I was that player, the young players, the coach, or even a team mate...I'd be mentally scarred. It's been relentless. It's been personal attacks. It's been scathing.

And yet, we care about people's mental welbeing.

Yeah! Right!

The media cares only about selling a story. And sadly, with the click counting that websites allow, they know what headlines draw readers. So they use these emotive things to draw in readers, have huge clicks, 'win' whatever they're trying to 'win' ... and who cares about the mental health of anyone. Unless that's a good click-bait headline.

I'm horrified that we've come to this sort of journalism.

I'm horrified that we can one day be concerned about mental health, yet the next day attack someone with no care to their mental health.

Do we have no standards any more?
Do we not care for others?
Do we not have slander and libel concerns?
Do we not want to know the truth?
Do we not want to keep things behind closed doors for the welfare of others?

God. I despair for the world at the moment.

I despair for the sensationalist beings we've become where we feed on others' suffering or shame or humiliation, just so we feel a moment of ... whatever it is.

I'm limiting my clicks on news feeds. I'm trying not to get sucked into the click frenzy.

And I'm trying to find the good in a world that seems to have gone crazy.

How are you going with any of this stuff? Does it bother you too?


Friday, August 18, 2017

Weekly Post Shake Up

I'm having a shake up.

Why?

Lots of reasons, like...

1) My camera batteries have died and I'm waiting on new ones and while I do I have no macro, so no bugs even though there's one on my window calling for me to photograph it! :) It's hampering my Wednesdays.

2) I want to rant more but on a wider range of topics.

3) The world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket at the moment and that scares me. I hate seeing what's happening and yet I feel powerless. So I might need to express this.

4) I've been here having my little say for quite a few years now (25 Nov 2009 was my first post), and you've helped me grow, gain confidence, keep to a semi-regular schedule, and do and say things that have been challenging. I'm going to try to keep doing all of that but with more wide-ranging focus. (Maybe, if I'm brave!)

5) I want to try to be a bit more creative in my posts...I'm not entirely sure what that will be just yet...but if I keep things open, then I can explore more freely.

Let's see how I go.

If I get too slack, I'll come back to topics and set days, because they'd been quite good at keeping me focussed and blogging.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wildlife Wednesday - skating things

I don't have the first clue what these are. I've sat on this picture for a while because I thought by some miracle I might work out what they are...but no miracles have come forth. So I give you the picture.

This is from when I was fishing with Dad. And these sparkly specks are tiny fish / bugs / flies / things (maybe 2mm long at best) skating across the surface of the river. They were there for ages, and there were quite a few of them.

I took a photo to have proof that I'd seen them because dad reckoned he couldn't see them - and to be fair, they were at my end of the boat and they are tiny. It's just that there's this little part of me that wonders if I've imagined them! Do you ever get like that!?!

Anyway, here's another mystical wildlife beastie that inhabits my local area, for which I have no clue what it is!

I love Wildlife Wednesdays :) Anyone know if these are real? Or what they might be called?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunday Story - Love is Love

Australia is having a same sex marriage discussion...and I can't see that it's going to be pleasant. People can be nasty beasts.

I have quite an odd view about this issue, well, it causes the people in my life to stare at me with some pained horror, so I'm assuming it's totally odd. I'm interested in what you think.

To me, marriage is an act of the patriarchy, used to pass women from the care of their father to the care of their husband...because women are unable to be a whole person in the patriarchy, they are seen as a possession, or a second rate citizen. And I think this is a large reason for the conservatives wanting to retain marriage as is, because any deviation puts a dent in the patriarchy.

I'd like to blow the patriarchy to smithereens. 

I'd love to not have marriage as a part of society at all. If people chose to have it as a part of their religion, then that's their choice. But as a society issue, I'd like marriage to be disbanded.

I'd like individuals to exist. And in that way, people would be allowed to make choices for themselves. And when they made a choice, they could lodge a 'relationship' with a government authority (or whatever that choice is). 

I'd love to see Love Is Love. And whatever relationship choice individuals make, then it is valid. Someone may choose to live solo. Valid choice. A partnership. Valid choice. A polygamy set up. Valid choice if all are in agreement. Threesome. Valid choice. Some other form of bonding. Valid choice.

Why does society need to dictate not only a heterosexual pairing, but any other form of relationship? Can't we be adults? Consenting adults, open to Love Is Love.

Okay, so am I too 'out there'?