Panic & Madness Ensue

Ours is a paranoid society. Just yesterday people were eager to rush to their homes not because it was Friday, but because of the announcement of snow. Snow that took FOREVER to come. Snow that didn’t last half as long as the weather reports blasting on every station.

Turns out that paranoia has become the norm, not the exception. It permeates every aspect of our lives, preventing us from enjoying life. There’s paranoia surrounding our foods: chocolate, drinking water, and coffee have all been the victims of bad press. So have our hobbies, thanks to internet predators, violent video games, and a ridiculous television rating system preceding most programs. I can’t cheat the system since right now technology’s tapping into my android device as I type this. I can be tracked through GPS, satellite, and hidden camera. I can’t even reprimand a bad, overly rambunctious child without being threatened with bodily injury, a harrassment lawsuit, or worse!

But back to the snow storm. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but when the top story on the 6 o’clock news is the snow storm that turns out to be a trickle, I question the rationale behind it. People should question the intentions since we have learned that sometimes these worries and fears turn out to be true. Remember the recent episode of Nova’s covering the discovery that our country was illegally wire-tapping the public’s conversations? Oh, you missed that episode? I guess it wasn’t important enough to warrant an announcement on the news. Good thing the major channels can promote less troublesome shows like Family Guy. One would hate to miss that. (By the way, there’s a lawsuit pending still about whether the government is going to press charges againstp those responsible for those wire-taps) Nevermind the invasion of privacy, all. You won’t hear about it as much as you’ll hear about Brad Pitt’s beard. So you get why paranoia is a business that sways your public rights, votes, views. You alone can stop the machine. Or, you can

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About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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