Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016
It Has to Be Said
Why media fuels the mobile phone epidemic
ere we go again.
I want everyone who packs mobile phone like it's thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment to read this.
Shortly, you'll see one of my great pictures on MP Mark Strahl's Ottawa office walls and you'll find out why below. I have the utmost respect for Mark because he has the same respect for The Voice and me. I'd vote for him in second because I vote for the person, not the party. The government will still be run and to me it doesn't matter which party is in power. So bookmark him and his name and add it to the integrated spelling in your writing programs. This classy, man will be around for a long time. He may even become the Prime Minster.
I'm very happy to leave Chilliwack far behind as I move on to the final part of my life. I've given enough. You'll have a second-rate media, both print and online. Sorry. People here gravitate to print media with their stories just to see their faces on paper and get their stories seen when in fact print media here is nothing more than bird cage liner.
Google Chilliwack News and click on images and you'll see that 95 per cent of the photos are my pictures and 99 per cent of those I took from at least half a block away.
Over the next few months, I'll be turning The Voice into a blog and sharing sage advice to the awesome readers here. Chilliwack is a city of 100,000 people. A town has 1500 or even 5 thousand people. I've spent enough money, jumped out of bed at 3 A.M. enough, gone hungry, ruined nice vehicles and cameras and spent valuable money each month for a city who can only think of themselves. I'll be sharing with you why this is in another posting. Don't worry, I'll cover the good side as well.
The other night, there was what looked liked, from what I've seen, a terrible accident. I genuinely hope no one in the overturned vehicle and was hurt. I wonder if people with Facebook and Twitter felt the same way?
You bet they didn't because they're concerned with something that they'll never be—a publisher. Facebook and Twitter have the gall to call it "publishing". I went to college in Burnaby to study publishing for a year. Set type and produced many newspapers and magazines that wanna be publishers can only dream of. So, I'm not just another guy with a website. I went six years here before revealing that fact. Just a little test.
I also went to BCIT and used my student loan money to buy a 30' ex-river gillnetter and lived on that thinking that I could resell it later. Which I did. But I made a mistake in that it was far too much fun playing in the Strait of Georgia and being distracted from studies than getting a degree. But that too is another tale. Okay, enough blowing my own horn.
The allure of social media is too much for weak people to handle. I dropped them for good reason. When it comes to photos, people should only be able to see their smiling mugs on social media. That's all. We don't need to see what someone's dog had for breakfast or someone else's kids.
In the same way vehicle manufactures need to develop devices that block mobile phone transmissions when the ignition is on with the exception of GPS.
Media needs to get a handle on this texting epidemic. It's already out of control. People are being killed for the sake of a text message.
Sure I put my share of photos on social media in the past. For good reason. It was because I wanted to take on big media — which I did. It's nothing that 100,000 people here could ever do.
To that end, The Voice was eventually established as a bona fide media source and showcased Chilliwack to people from all over the world. The Voice should be used as an example to show local kids how it's done in the bigs. I won't be around a lot longer. I had to be resuscitated a short time ago. But when I'm gone, I hope the kids have learned enough to carry on with what I've accomplished.
In elevating The Voice to what Facebookers an Twitter fools could only dream of, I've faced and dealt with some of most viral, hateful, jealous people along the way that I've ever seen. Chilliwack has the highest rate of B&E's in Canada, but it also has in my opinion, the worst degenerates I've ever seen the publishing world. Again, another story.
In the accident the other night, watch for the same photos to appear front page in local print media and Vancouver media because mobile phones are now an epidemic. There are far more people hooked on them than drugs, sugar and video games put together which eat up valuable years off your life. As youth age, they'll realize that time is running out.
I don't have a mobile phone, TV or any social media accounts on purpose. I figure social media to be cults are and an expensive price to pay for your life. And don't think you're something special because you have 1500 so-called followers. This is something else I'll also be covering later.
You see, what's been happening, is that more and more people are looking for the best photos to share on social media. These gumby lookie lous, with those dangerous mobile phones, are driving people to constantly search for the best blood and guts pictures they can get at accident scenes, fires or anything else. None of which you see on The Voice. "Look ma, this guy has his guts in his hands." Take a hard look. What you will see are hardworking Chilliwack emergency service heroes.
In my opinion print, TV and social media should be drawn and quartered for fueling this epidemic. It's time to wake up and smell the napalm folks.
Even though I've seen my share, and heard people screaming, and taken thousands of blood and guts photos of people people dying with their intestines in their hands using expensive camera's and equipment, you won't find those type of photos on The Voice. You'll see the odd useless drug addict or vehicle accident victim being carted away. But blood and guts is far from what I'm out looking for. What I am looking for are photos of Chilliwack's heroes which is far from your social media posts.
I depict heroes. It's generally for their wives, husbands, moms and dads, extended family and so on. Some of the girlfriends email asking for their man's photos. Believe it they aren't blood and guts photos. Many of the photos will stay in their family for generations. They wouldn't want a nice big photo of blood and guts hanging on their walls so that every time they look their wall they see blood and guts. It's all about Chilliwack's heroes. Lesson one. Got that?
Many years now I've jumped in the car and run out to take pictures of everything from bark mulch fires to thugs looking at me and giving me gang signs with their fingers. They never knew where I lived. I protected that information.
My safety has been compromised by a woman in a place I've lived in happily for 20 years without any issues at all. Now, I have people kicking my door almost off it's hinges at 11 P.M. etc. It's another reason I want out. That's another story.
But the accident described above is a good example of what's happening with the advent of mobile phones and it's all fueled by local media and the mainstream boys in Vancouver.
People around the world read The Voice. This advice also applies to them. For your information, The Voice actually has more people from outside Chilliwack reading it than there is here. Go figure.
These days, there's a lot of idiot sticks running around accidents and fire scenes and getting in the way of first responder's way much to the chagrin of emergency crews who are having to watch out for idiots looking for photos they can sell to media or post on social media while putting lives at stake.
With my camera and lenses, I usually stand a block or half a block away. Keeping the hell away from the scene and letting emerge crews do their work is far more more important than getting in the way for the sake of a bloody Facebook photo. I don't want to be blamed for someone dying.
Now, with the advent of mobile phones, which I don't use, lookie lous like to get in nice and close for those blood and guts kind of shots, none of which you've ever seen on The Voice. For that, I've earned their respect. The hard way. You can't do that with a cheesy little mobile device at all. Lesson two. Got it?
So look, stay out of the way of emerge crews. Don't look for blood and guts and don't dare post those on your social media or sell them.
Most times, a photo of flashing lights is enough to satisfy the hungry glances of your followers on the Facebook and Twitter cults. Staying out of emergency crews way is far more important than a silly Facebook post.
Where media fits in is that local print empty-heads who are far too lazy to get out of bed themselves to cover a particular story, know another idiot stick with a mobile phone will get a nice close up for their papers. That's how they get it now. By risking a life, local print media pays $30. How ridiculous is that?
Local Print media then hands the photos and videos over to Vancouver media who pay $100 a shot.
I've never sold a photo to either local or Vancouver media. And they have called me for photos and videos. Anything would do for them.
"We pay $100," one uncaring TV gal said. To which I replied: "You can get them off my website." She hung up the phone in a tizzy.
Another reason I don't sell photos locally is because I'm taking on print media in Chilliwack and I don't sell to Vancouver media because I don't get Chilliwack news from Vancouver. The Voice is capable enough. But now the print media presstitutes aren't even capable of doing that.
Lesson three. Okay?
Stupid asses with mobile phones aren't capable. But the more print and TV media pay, the less have to get off their asses at 3 A.M.
I want you to take a close look at a photo I took of local CFD fire Captain Mark Collins that will be out soon and hanging in MP Mark Strahl's Ottawa office. Do you think Mark would have a blood and guts photo on the wall? If you do, then you're on glue. Leave.
Shhh, don't tell the captain, but I hope we can give it to him so he'll share the photo with his family who will have it on their walls for generations to come. He's much to busy to read this.
Yes, it's time to rattle a few cages with something you'll never see in print or on your 6 o'clock news.
In the future, I want you to be very careful with your mobile phones and to hell with selling photos for a few crummy dollars. It's not hard to do. I've taken many award-winning pictures that you won't see in the pages of print or on TV media. And they aren't blood and guts.
This was a very easy item to write.
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