As we have done every year, we are watching ID4 as a family. Last year I mentioned the story of how I made my children believe that this film was a documentary based on real events: ID-4. This year I cannot help but feel that if I were to tell my children that now for the first time, they would almost believe it again.
That’s because there is far too much “Fake News” going around. And that scares me. My example may seem far fetched, but is it?What if our history books get rewritten? Or legitimate news articles get buried and erased from existence? At what point will we as a species completely forget what is real or the truth? Stories handed down from generation to generation and then forgotten or lost. There’s nothing stopping this.
And so we watch on social media. We watch and interact with one another. We eat it up. And we yearn for the next story. We spark up conversations about hot topics and buzz words. Have you heard the term “Flex for the gram”? That’s what we all do on social media. We portray the perfection of our lives that we want shown. We don’t share realism. We share what we think others want to see. We share our own “fake news”. I’m guilty of this. I know I am. I’ve also shared some unfunny and darker stories, but I’ve kept much of it private. I love sharing the adventures of my family.
Tonight as people celebrate Independence Day, my family and I are just hanging out. A quick dinner in the backyard and the movie on in the theater room. Family time as we start the summer break. Watching this film is our tradition. Laughing at it and pointing out the flaws is so much fun. On a side note- President Whitmore would be a better man to run the USA at this point in time… if he were real.