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wouldnt be christmas without a crap selfie from my mam
(2/2 ) People Want Santa to be Gender Neutral' (The Sun, 2018 ) makes '41% of Young Non-binary People have Attempted Suicide' (Human Rights Campaign, 2018 ) seem less powerful. 'Millennials Want to ban Voicemail (Daily Mail, 2018 )/Black Friday (Inc, 2017 )/The Sitcom Friends (Daily Mail, 2018 )' makes people less sympathetic to the fact that homelessness in millennial generation has risen by 169% over the past 8 years in The UK (Crisis, 2018 ). 'People Want to Ban 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' (Daily Mail, 2014 ) takes precedent over the fact that Black and Hispanic people make up 35.5% of the USA Population, but 47.4% of the deaths caused by police (Washington Post, 2018 ) 'People to censor Fairytale of New York due to the word Faggot' (The Mirror, 2018 ) negates the fact that hate crime reports against the LGBT community in Merseyside has risen by 426% in the past decade (BBC, 2018 ) and LGBT Youth's are ~5x more likely to have attempted suicide than Heterosexual Youth (US Department of Health, 2016 ) By overreacting to perceived overreaction, you can miss the things that really require your action. So, what can you do? You can start by learning to associate the word 'People' in a headline, with the word 'Who?' in your head. Before you share; electronically or verbally, ask 'Who are these people?' For my part, if anyone would be interested, i'll write up a monthly piece called 'Who are the people?' and check the sources and studies that accompany the 'People...' articles that month so that you can, at the very least, be informed in your outrage. Tl;dr: Add a few extra seconds to your reading of headlines that begin with a vague 'group' adjective, by asking 'Who exactly?'. Or, let me do it for you. (All sources in the comments on my facebook page ) (Update: Because this has been shared a few times, I have decided to add a donate button for Shelter, a UK based charity that aims to end homelessness to my facebook page. Please don't feel obliged to donate, but it would be nice if something good could come of this )
(1/2 )I've been thinking, recently, about the power of 'people'; not in the 'Gilets Jaunes' sense. In the Daily Mail, outrage-porn, sell-ad-space-through-anger sense. I've seen otherwise intelligent people, lose their heads over headlines, simply because they're told that 'People believe that....'. Or 'People are calling for...' Or 'People want to ban...' 'People want to change....', 'People are offended.....' Change 'People' to 'Millennial's'. Or 'Liberals'. 'Vegans' or 'Feminists'. The point still stands: Who are these 'people'? The British Government are 'people', as are 3 blokes in my local. There's 66 million people in The UK, and two in my dads car. But if I ask my dad if the driver in-front is driving too slowly, then I can claim that '100% of people asked believe that cars are driving too slowly', and still claim to be telling the truth. Of course, most of you are fully aware that 'People' is an intentionally vague term. You're not stupid, and neither are the media. 'People Want Santa to be Gender Neutral' is much snappier a headline than '15% of the very small and select number of people from the same background think that Santa should be neither male nor female'. There's no way around that. As information intake is further boiled down to 140 characters, soundbytes, influences and click-bait, headlines have become the news itself. And shares are money. And outrage means shares. And that isn't necessarily a problem. It just 'is'. This isn't a 'back in my day...', Luddite post. This is my day, there's nowhere to go 'back' to. But when you have no time, or no desire, to read articles past the first paragraph, then fact-checking becomes less of a priority, and when a headline is written by a well known and respected source, like the Daily Mail or Lad Bible, then whats the point in checking anyway? They couldn't get away with lying, right? There are regulations after all. So whats the point in bothering? And furthermore, why does it even matter who these 'people' they talk about are? It all seems like a pretty trivial thing to be hung up on. Well, its not. Because when outrage is peddled, marginalised voices are lost in the noise.