In the last Thursday Three, I wrote about the biasedness of journalism. Apparently, it’s not only journalism. This article talks about the case of biased language in a geography textbook. I don’t care whether the biased language is slanted to the right or to the left. History, geography, and all other subjects should be portrayed as objectively as possible, or else we are doing a great disservice to the kids (and others) who learn it. It’s sad when the publisher’s agenda has become more important than telling the truth and using precise language in which to tell it.
A great post on Mere Observations got me thinking about the phenomenon of how we can be together, yet alone. There have been countless times when I’m driving along on the highway and I turn my head to see the driver in the lane beside me with his phone in his hand texting. Then there are the people I see talking on the phone in their cars at six in the morning. We cannot bear the alone-ness of the solo commute, so we turn to our gadgets to bring us connections. Yet at the same time, when we are physically together, we are still miles apart, texting on those same gadgets. Our hearts are restless.
As for NaNoWriMo, I’m basically where I was last week with my idea. I have some threads of a plot now, but I’m not quite sure how to bring them together. My original idea came from a bad dream I had in which my brother was trapped in the Internet, but as with all dreams, that one wouldn’t translate as well to the page as it seemed like it would in my head, so I played with it until it began to make sense as a story. Instead of being trapped in the Internet, my characters are going to get trapped in an alternate universe of sorts. So that should be good enough to hold my interest for 30 days and 50,000 words.