• What I Have Learned From Social Media In The Last Few Days

    I love social media. I use it not only to keep up with friends and family, but also to gauge what news stories are worth looking into. This is why social media has let me down in the last few days.

    Over the last few days, the internets have been abuzz with misplaced outrage. It started with the announcement that Ben Affleck will be cast as Batman in the new Superman film. I love Batman and I hated the last Superman film. I take my Batman very seriously, but this whole Ben Affleck thing is way overblown. For starters, I thought Michael Keaton would have been a horrible choice and he ended up being the best Batman. But that aside, who the fuck cares! There is no way Ben Affleck is going to be worse than George Clooney and it isn’t even possible to be worse than Christian Bale. But Hollywood will make the movie and it will either be okay or it will suck. It isn’t going to be good no matter who they cast so why does it matter?

    Somewhere in the world, Ben Affleck is secretly praising Miley Cyrus. Yeah, so on Sunday Miley Cyrus wore a latex outfit that did not flatter her body and grinded her ass up against Beetlejuice and then then took a foam sports finger and rubbed it against her privates. So what? It wasn’t sexy and it wasn’t really all that outrageous. I heard there was a big thing about this and some people were calling her act satanic, so I had to go online and watch it. Talk about anti-climactic. Unless her audience was a mix of Amish people, Puritans, Mormons, Muslims, and Will Smith’s family, this was the most un-outrageous show the VMAs has had in years.

    Then there were the stories that weren’t talked about much on social media over the last few days. Sure, some people were talking about how Obama should pardon the now Chelsea Manning for telling the American people about the war crimes that American soldiers were committing, but most people seemed too busy with Ben Affleck to care. The US might start another war in the middle-east, but shit, a 20-year-old girl dressed in a not even that skimpy outfit on MTV in an attempt to run from her image as a child singer! Stop slut shaming her already. Miley Cyrus didn’t do anything wrong except sing poorly and put on a boring show. If you found her show too provocative, stop watching MTV’s VMAs and move to Afghanistan with the Taliban. You might have more in common than your realize.


    I’m more appalled at the guy dress as Beetlejuice; if they were going to replace Michael Keaton in a role, they should have gone with Ben Affleck.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.