What I’m thinking about today:
- 1. Truth. It does exist.
- 2. F&*k Twitter
- 3. Vine is launching careers
Truth is singular. Its “versions” are mistruths
1. Cloud Atlas
I couldn’t help but think of this quote with the whole Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation in Miami. I have a lot of opinions on it, as do so many others. But I want to stick to the facts and the truth before latching on to any of them.
So far, to this point, we know people messed with Jonathan Martin…as part of a culture that embraces / encourages that type of thing. And I’m fine with that – hey, it’s football. I’m not naïve. I understand some of that stuff goes on in the lockeroom and basically everyone takes their turn getting picked on. Martin should have just shut up and taken it…right? Or maybe it wasn’t Martin. Maybe it was the mindset of this lockeroom, as ESPN’s Jason Whitlock points out in this fantastic piece.
The other thing we know is that Incognito left some offensive messages for Marin. That, I do take offense to. I don’t care if it is joking or if Incongnito’s teammates accept that kind of language. We’re living in a society where racism continues to be an issue – especially in the NFL as the Redskins name continues to take heat – do we really want to use ‘his teammates are cool with it’ as a defense?
The NFL is so contradicting any way. Player health is a concern, but we want to play more games on shorter rest. Concussions are a major issue, but players ignore recovery and fight to get back on the field. One day the name ‘Redskins’ is ok; one day it isn’t. I don’t get it.
Back to Incognito and Martin. There are so many versions of what happened and how people feel about it that this story has become so confusing, so complex that it’s damn-near impossible to know the truth. But no matter what, it happened. And there is only one real version of it. Until we know what that is, the NFL should focus on what they do know.
Hey, speaking of the NFL and inconsistencies, let’s talk about the top five teams:
- San Francisco
- Kansas City
2. F*&K Twitter! I see a lot of swearing on twitter. In fact, I see a lot of suspect language, which is one of the reasons why I love twitter. People tweet like they talk. Now, maybe your problem is how much we swear in general – ok, I’ll give you that. I blame South Park, rap music and video games.
If you need proof that people enjoy using the f-bomb on twitter, check out this crazy f bomb map, developed by Martin Gingras. It’s a real-time map that shows where in the world the f word us being used in tweets. I think one of the best uses for this would be to track cities where sporting events are taking place. For example, I was watching the Milwaukee area as the Bucks were blowing their lead to the Cavs Wednesday night. (I wish I had seen this the night we almost blew a lead to the Timberwolves.)
Go ahead and test it…I won’t judge you.
3. Vine is getting real. If you read this blog you know I’m a huge Vine fan. I have yet to show Vine to someone who doesn’t find those six seconds funny. How can you not? Have you taken a look on there lately? There are some very funny people – basically they’re turning Vine into their own Second City.
Well, Regal Cinemas has taken notice. The company has tapped some of the most well known Vine Stars and created two minute webisodes around them to raise awareness for how you shouldn’t act when watching a movie and prepping for date night.
Watch for yourself. No matter what you think of Vine, it’s a popular channel that is worth keeping an eye – who knows, maybe the next big star is hiding out there. How long until we see a Vine talent competition?