Hello there, Pit Crew. It is a new month and I decided I should express something very important about living life as human beings: Asking questions. Honest questions, questions about what you have a curiousity for, or what you are wondering about.
I believe we have learned through this tragic Morning-of-the-Internet that using a search engine (or “googling”) our questions doesn’t always lead to the answers we are looking for.
I get some very interesting statistical hits of people asking their search engine questions such as,
“Was Maggie Evans the reincarnation of Josette duPres?”
“Did Dr. Hoffman ever get Barnabas’ love?”
These are problematic questions to ask a machine, aren’t they? They are questions about fictional humans and oddly enough fictional humans are much closer to real humans than computers are. It might be better to ask a living human these things. I just did that today over the telephone with a person who works at a restaurant. I also got the answer to my question from her.
I asked a search engine rather recently, “Where are people having conversations?” And the website list I got showed several articles about how today’s’ youth are rather incapable of being able to have a conversation. So, as it turns out, I had the answer and the computer did not.
Conversations take place in the physical world between people, whether it’s on public transportation, places of business, eating establishments, places of worship, community centers, libraries. People also have conversations over the telephone, voice calls, and on the written page between letter-writers. (I’d also add saloons but I don’t frequent them. For all I know bars just serve drinks while people stare into their mobile phone screens. I’m not sure of the answer to that one.)
I recently purchased my first sheet of Mister Rogers postage stamps and I plan to get more. He’s really made me think about how much quality programming on television I actually had in my life and the effect it had on my upbringing which could have been much worse without shows like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”. He was pretty darn good at figuring out what kids needed to know and also what questions they might need to ask of themselves, like how they feel about what they experience, or how they feel about their own feelings. If he were alive today and asked me how I felt about him being on a postage stamp my answer would be, “It’s about time!”
I have come to realize I am living in a world where many of those younger than I am did not grow up watching Mister Rogers. They grew up in an internet world, supposedly “sheltered from harm”, but in actuality more expected to criticize everything without much life experience, skill, or even the need to criticize it all. There is also the sudden shock of rather explicit content and fairly “hard core” pornography that is a bit too easy to find. (I saw a ton on tumblr and I sure wasn’t looking for it either! It was rather thrown at me in simply placing my cursor on another users’ icon.)
As Mister Rogers might say himself? “MERCY!”
Anyway… I wanted to get back to some basic conversation skills now that I have permeated so much social media website toxins out of my system. I felt this needed to be stated with a log entry, too.
Do you have questions for me? I am a person, most of you know this having heard recordings of my voice in which I am at first being very patient, and then losing patience, and nearly losing my own mind.
That can sound scary, can’t it? It has certainly scared me, but then again watching basic conversation skills degrade in favour of mobile gadget addiction in companions I’d known for decades was also quite terrifying. It is sad that I went more public to share a series to relieve and help fictional characters and now it definitely seems like I am in the role of helping real living humans to work things out, too. For now, yes, I am here for that.
Do you have questions about Dark Shadows? Do you have questions about The Addams Family? Do you have questions about The Ghost and Mrs. Muir? Do you have questions about The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows? I can, at least, give answering any of them the old college try. That is what the comment boxes on this wordpress web-log are for. I will try to be patient if the questions sound odd to me, and it will take a little time to find them and answer them when they are asked.
So, if there are questions you want to ask in a genuine sense of curiousity, feel free to ask them here or on other log entries. Thank you and you’re welcome.