Rambling Out 2016 #socs

First, back on July 23 of this year I did another Stream of Consciousness entry on time. I was going to say the same thing here, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not to read it again. I do want to say this, though:

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And this:

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Today is the last day of the year. December 31, 2016. For many of you, this day couldn’t come soon enough. Celebrity deaths, a hotly-contested election that has people thinking we’re in the end times, dead gorillas, bad weather, etc. I haven’t noticed a lot of it.

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Mark Twain said “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” Same thing holds true for cable news channels, the Internet, and especially social media. I quit visiting Facebook some time in October, and Twitter about the same time. I kept advertising the blog in both places, and found myself visiting Facebook from time to time because Mary would tell me “I tagged you on a video,” and to get comments on blog entries from people who comment there, but after a couple of minutes there, I was like, “why do I torture myself like this?” A suggestion: read Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man. What he said about TV also applies to the Internet and social media.

Yes, we had a lot of celebrity deaths this year. The one that might have meant the most to me was the death of Carrie Fisher the other day. Not because of Star Wars, not because of her books and other film and TV appearances, but because she’s another member of the class of 1956. She was born in October, I was born in March, our mothers were born a week apart… I felt a connection.

Does anyone remember all the shit she took a year ago, when she was in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (I had to look up which movie it was), because she had the temerity to age forty years and put on weight? She said this about it…

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Really, what did they think? She’d look like she did in the gold bikini? Some folks need to get a life.

My car broke down on my way to work one day (long story) about thirty years ago, and I ended up taking a taxi. The driver said, “Hey, look who I drove the other day,” and pulled out an autographed picture of Debbie Reynolds. Said she was really friendly and talkative, just like regular folks. She went up in my estimation about a thousand percent that day. A Hollywood star, one of the last from the golden age of cinema, and she’s just normal folks?

Those two, I’ll miss.

As for the others: WGN did a list of all the celebrity deaths this past year. Look at how many were in their eighties and nineties. They were around a long time. Maybe that’s why we’ll miss them. I mean, who’s coming up behind them? Likewise, where are the David Bowie, the Leon Russell, the Prince of this generation? No wonder people are upset.

Well, it’s almost over. Right now, it’s quarter to two in the Eastern time zone, so in nine hours and 45 minutes, it’ll be 2017. In Sydney, it’s been the new year for almost six hours now, meaning some of you are just getting home from parties. It’s been the new year in India for fifteen minutes. Wherever you are, Happy New Year, and hang in there. 2016 is at an end.

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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

18 thoughts on “Rambling Out 2016 #socs”

  1. SO many icons this year. šŸ˜¦ I fear as I’m getting older this will be more common… I’m not deluded about youth, beauty, or mortality. Good stream, John.

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  2. Happy New Year John! Will look forward to what you bring us in 2017. I always enjoy your posts.
    Have a great New Year’s Eve. I just took a shower, got in my pajamas and I’ve just opened a bottle of wine, am hanging out with 9 Greyhounds and a GoldenDoodle and going to welcome in the New Year with a content smile on my face… šŸ™‚

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  3. Great post. Love the memes and the comic strip with the dead tree. I felt that way about Carrie, too. I’m one year older than you two and I love her in Star Wars, and her interviews. I still like Facebook, but only because I just look for the positive and interesting stuff to like and share. So I’m sharing this blog post on FB. šŸ™‚

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  4. I realised for the first time this year – yes, okay, it’s taken me longer than it should have – that there are no unbiased news outlets, you just can’t find out facts anymore without some spin. I want to know the facts and make my own mind up, I don’t want to be told what to think. Maybe I should avoid the news too?

    Happy New Year, John šŸ™‚

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    1. I think adding bias to the news you report is a normal reaction, but it seems like it got raised to the nth power this past year across the board. The best you can do is take everything with a huge grain of salt and realize that nothing happen until it happens, regardless of the predictions. Happy New Year, Annalisa!

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  5. Hi John – yes we shouldn’t believe everything we read or hear … we need to think and make our minds up. Great post and thoughts … have a blessed and peaceful 2017 … now to get on with life bring out the best in it for us all … cheers Hilary

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