Anyway, that's fun publicity for us, and the price is right -- free. We have no budget. We count on meeting people to get the word out -- talking to folks at the farmers' markets, calling stores and charities to build the network that will channel food to people instead of to landfills. It's a long, slow process.
What's getting all the publicity this week, of course, is the shootings. Police shooting innocent black men. Police shooting black men even if they're dangerous criminals. Protesters shooting policemen. Protests and more protests and so much anger. I think I understand it. So many people have been living with less than they need for so long, and now that political leadership has gone off the deep end, everyone feels the time has come to express the frustration. It was never gone. We've been living in a bubble.
So we're all asking ourselves who's to blame? Is it the police for discharging their weapons too quickly? The black community for appearing aggressive? The political extremists on both ends yelling that things are not OK in America right now? The white supremacists? (One little opinion I have is that white supremacists have no more business being hired as peace officers than people convicted of violent crimes. It's just not a good mix.)
But the blame, I feel, belongs on publicity. Because our news agencies are for-profit, and because people gawk, open-mouthed, at sensational stories, our reporters have to report what's dramatic, scary, bloody, horrifying, and emotional. That's how they make money. If we, as consumers of the news, can't take responsibility for our own discretion, we will continue to hear the worst, and the ugliest.
It's just like buying food -- there's a whole fast food industry built on the preference we all have proven for cheap, greasy, salty, instant food. Grocery stores have responded to demand as well, stocking packaged, processed, advertised items that are tailored to our weaknesses, our impulses, our emotional decisions. If we all used our heads when buying food, we wouldn't be inundated with junk.
It's not a bad part of human nature that we believe what we hear and are told, especially by our friends and families. But the sources of our information have broken down so completely that we shouldn't trust most of what reaches our eyes and ears. We need to question more. Research more. Dig into what's going on and ask ourselves the questions professional reporters used to ask for us -- who, what, where, when, and especially why? If we don't get the why, we aren't getting the story, and we react to the drama without enough information.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease. The most horrific story gets the screen time. It's never been more true than it is today. I think my project deserves more publicity. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. But as long as we allow ourselves to be blinded by the headlights of sensationalism, we'll never know all the stories, all the reasons, or all the good that's going on in the world.