Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Not all teens are self-absorbed

I had stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised that a teen in high school in what has been portrayed as suburbs apparently devoid of commons sense could have such a coherent and grounded outlook on the happenings in her respective corner of the universe.

The teen from Prior Lake (I assume) has only penned a few entries to her blog on the town's newspaper website but the one that struck a chord with me was regarding a bomb threat at the high school. The fact that she wasn't jarred by it wouldn't have played well on the 6 o'clock news where stories like that automatically cue to footage of teenage girls hugging in a circle and crying because certain TV news outlets in the Twin Cities rely, no, thrive on stories and the corresponding imagery.

This girl known only as Stephanie has a grounded outlook on happenings that relate to her. Being almost calm about a bomb threat is impressive given the amount of fear that is broadcast to us on a daily basis. Watch some televised news and you'll hear about tainted food that will surely kill you or at least cause your skin to fall from your bones and you'll quickly find out that every toy made in the last 20 years will cause you to be poisoned with large amounts of lead because it's China's perogative to wipe the great Satan that is America from the face of Mother Earth.

This one teen writing a handful of blog entries is proof enough for me that maybe we're not doomed after all. Maybe there will be some people in the future that have some common sense. And this, too, proves teens can participate in online conversations and social networking-type sites without being complete jackasses like those in Woodbury and Eden Prairie who share their drunken cavorting with the entire world.

1 comment:

Michelle Ann said...

Where I work, we have a Bomb Threat card that is posted in every cubicle and gives you blow by blow instructions on how to question the bomber.

When is the bomb going to explode?

Where is the bomb now?

Why?

We even have drills on how to search our work area for the bomb. Apparently, I am now skilled enough I can join a Bomb SWAT team. I think I would prefer the bomb threat card had one instruction....RUN!!!!