There are almost no words for the inhumanity of this. Someone is not only promoting a treatment of bleach enemas to treat autistic children — every two hours, for 72 hours, every possible weekend — but they’ve started a religious organization to promote this, with “bishops” and other church officials touting the effectiveness of the Miracle Mineral Solution. Over at Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, Emily Willingham writes:
a CEO walks into his office “any messages?” he asks his assistant “two anons want to know who tom petty is and one just says ‘post your ballsack’” “got it. check my dashboard” “that skeleton gif you like is back again” he rubs his chin pensively “mm. reblog that”
We like to think that adventures used to be more real, more raw, more authentic. We see old photos of our parents on road trips across the desert and pour over the rich orange colors of the time ravaged film. Super 8 films flicker silent grainy memories of grandparents with oddly young faces exploring national parks. We experience nostalgia for things we’ve never experienced and wonder what amazing adventures they must have experienced.
Todays cameras give us high resolution images just as we experience them. Full color, sterile and honest. For us, this represents the sterile detached digital age we live in. We feel a tinge of guilt for our lack of authenticity and apologetically apply color treatments and faux film damage to our images in hopes to lend them credibility. We borrow legitimacy from the past and mimic best we can the grand memories of generations past in hopes that some day someone will look back at our lives and marvel at the amazing lives we must have lived.
In all these affectations we often forget that creating real memories and living a real life is still possible. The world is still wild, there are still adventures to be had and amazing new friends to make. We’re not condemned to wander the same bars and apartments snapping selfies and documenting our foods. Get out and make yourselves real memories and take meaningful pictures.
Then apply cool filters to them, because filters are awesome and pretty and we DO love them.