Tonawanda News — These days … you know what it’s like these days. I feel like it’s the summer of 1969, humans are about to walk on the moon and local television reporters are searching for old-timers who remember the Wright Brothers and 1903 and Kitty Hawk for some charming but predictable observation.
Everyone today is a man or woman of action. That “pace that’s moving too fast” is the catalyst. If it still moves slowly it’s a reaction, not an action. (The law, for example: Society acts, law reacts. Also Quebec independence and certain people’s schedules regarding the repainting the interior walls of their homes.)
It is not so much that messages move instantaneously, it’s that responses are expected to move equally fast. We are all umpires now, firing yes/no answers. (If no response is received, it is presumed to be a no, like presidential veto power.) Again, a good thing: the 1815 Battle of New Orleans was fought although a peace treaty was arranged weeks earlier and the information had not yet arrived in the bayou. It’s unlikely you’ll need to factor in a time lag in information when you fight your battles.
It’s like there’s no inside information anymore, with action only limited by how interested in it you are. You read the paper, watch television news, stay plugged into the world via pocket-held devices, follow unfolding stories from (your preference) the White House, the Middle East, 1 Bills Drive, Hollywood, Wall Street, Yankee Stadium: news comes and goes, but what surprises you these days?
The world, as it is delivered by the aforementioned media, is nothing more than a roomful of cauldrons about to overflow, boiling pots that must by watched by someone. When something spills, the media arrives, narrates the cleanup of the mess, then goes away.