Welcome

by admin on January 20, 2011

Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog. My name is Rob, and I’ll be your host for the remainder of the flight. I am a writer, actor and comedian and for fun I volunteer as Director of Film Maker Relations for the Charleston International Film Festival. Check out the tab (above) for some of my writing projects and screenplays..

Fanning the Fire

by admin on March 19, 2014

As anyone who has been camping knows, a fire burns brighter when you give it more oxygen. Most people do that by fanning the fire or blowing on it. It’s simple rules of physics. You need three things to start a fire or to keep one going, fuel, spark and oxygen. Take away one of those and there’s no fire.

photo from howstuffworks.comThe same hold true with celebrity of any sort. A person does something. They do it over and over again. If it doesn’t catch people’s attention they’ll try another tactic. Whoever heard of Fred Phelps and the westboro baptist church before they began protesting at military funerals? They probably tried other tactics to bring attention to their campaign of hate, but nothing drew the attention like a military funeral.

Same thing goes with the Duck Dynasty folks. Who cared about them when they were clean shaven and being their true yuppy selves? Or Jenny McCartney? She had a moment in the sun as a nude centerfold and then faded away until she started telling people that vaccinations were bad. Bullshit.

But the thing is that any attention you give to these and other clowns only fans their flames and makes them shine more.

I have friends who are blogging about the reality show filming here in Charleston. But it just brings more attention to the show. If you think something is bad, ignore it. If we all ignore it, we are removing the oxygen from the fire and it will go out.

I won’t click on stories about any of this stuff. I won’t read the gossip; I just don’t care. Your protests and clicks are building the very tower these idiots get to shout from.

I don’t mean to preach, but I guess I am. There is a lot of negativity in the world. Where attention goes, things grow. It’s true.

This also jumps into the political arena. Most people want the same things. 90 percent of what a republican wants a democrat wants. Substitute liberal and conservative. Substitute communist and capitalist, socialist, atheist, religionist, whatever. We all want to feel safe and have the resources to live a happy life. and not have people telling us what to do and what to believe. Idiots on both ends of the spectrum focus on the differences that separate us and smile as we take sides.

Don’t fan the fires and look for bridges to facilitate communication rather than walls to separate us.

I’ll get down off my soapbox now.

 

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