If I were to ask you the question, "What is more important: Getting something right or getting it done quickly?" how would you answer?
Most people I believe would say it is better to do something right the first time then to have to do it over again and again. This makes sense to me.
Sadly this is not the way the media works. But I am not here to blame the media for their mistakes, most recently during the coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Yes, they are at fault too, but if it wasn't for us and our "gimmie gimmie gimmie now" attitudes maybe they wouldn't be rushing to get us stories and website like the one below where CNN is reporting conflicting stories on their own web site:
While cell phones, Google and the internet certainly have changed our lives for the better in many ways, they have also made us into a society in which no one wants to wait for anything. If we don't find the answer we are looking for then we will move along to someone who can give it to us, even if it is wrong.
CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC were among those providing live coverage of the Boston events as they unfolded over the course last week and it is fair to say that not a one of them got it completely right 100% of the time. And to be honest, no one expects them to. But in a rush to be first and out in front of the competition, more networks and reporters got it wrong then got it right (or to be more fair, they jumped too quickly to sources they wanted to believe to be true instead of confirming they were indeed correct).
So who is at fault? Yes, the networks did provide the information, but are they only giving us the service we are demanding, even if that service is wrong? Or is it our fault as consumers of the media, our fault for being unable or unwilling to wait for an answer to anything anymore?
In this case, I think there is enough blame to go around for everyone involved, both the providers and the viewers.
Do me a favor: The next time you don't get an answer right away, the next time someone tells you it will be a minute, the next time you feel a red hot rage building inside of you because things are going your way right away, just pause for a minute. Take a look around and realize that we have got it really good and that life does not need to move at the speed of sound for us to be truly happy.
And remember, generations have come and gone before us and they all made it without the help of Google, cell phones or the need to know everything instantaneously.
When you read that headline I know you were not thinking about the sweet bubbly goodness that is Coca-Cola. This of course was the point. My coke addiction was one that is actually legal to have.
So why did I give it up? After all, it sure is tasty, delicious and enjoyable. Sadly, it doesn't have to do with the soda itself. It is all about the caffeine. When one quits caffeine, one quits most sodas.
Sure there is Caffeine-Free Coca-Cola, but I am here to tell you that it tastes...well not the same. Horrible is too strong a word, but it certainly doesn't taste like the Coke I know and love.
Here is the funny thing however. I quit caffeine because I was getting headaches when I didn't have it. So that cured the headaches, and it also dropped about 10 pounds.
At this point in the game (and it is a game that started in late December), I feel my desire of soda beverages has faded mostly. But a new challenge is on the horizon: Dunkin Donuts Iced Teas. Between 3pm and 6pm they offer them any size for 99 cents.
Will this bargin prove to be too much of a deal for me to pass by? I guess we will find out. I drive by a Dunkin Donuts every day on the way home. Stay tuned. And even if I do give into caffeine, at least it's not soda, right?
P.S. If you are a Iced Coffee drinker, they offer this 99 cent deal for that as well. Oh, and while I am thinking of it...why would anyone order the small when it is the same price as the large!
Look I love Mumford and Sons just as much as the next guy. And to be honest, I wouldn't mind traveling back to my teenage years to see Nine Inch Nails knock it out of the park at Lollapalooza 2013 this summer. But my god man, the prices of those tickets is insane! If you were "lucky" enough to get your hands on a three-day pass it probably cost your about $235 (minus fees and taxes of course). And if you missed out on that, you can still get one-day passes for $95 each (quick math: make your own three-day pass for a mere $285 plus fees).
Now far be it from me to tell you how to have a good time and maybe my age is starting to show a bit, but there are a lot of things you can do with $285. For me, that is a few monthly bills (again, I must be getting old), but even if you wanted to just blow it on something fun, here are some options for you to spend it on and maybe have a little more than just memories of a sweaty people all cramming together to try and watch their favorite band from a few hundred yards away:
- Download 220 iTunes songs at $1.29 per song. You can live Lollapalooza all year long!
- At $40 per hour lesson on average, sign yourself up for 7 guitar lessons and get started on your way to playing Lollapalooza yourself.
- Sony sells a great car audio sound system for around $200. And let's face it, you spend way more time in your car then you do at Lollapalooza. Plus with $85 left over you can probably find someone to install it.
So what would you spend $285 on? Lollapalooza or something else? My love of live music and the arts aside, I think you know where I stand.
Chris Thomas is a full-time teacher, part-time freelance writing, father of three, and most importantly, a very, very tired man.
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