I couldn't think of anything to write about today, so I resorted to what is probably an old trick. I closed my eyes, opened the dictionary to a random page, put my finger down on the page, and opened my eyes. Whatever word was beneath my fingertip would be today's topic. The word turned out to be "influence."
That's an easy enough word to work with. Just about every aspect of our lives is affected by some outside influence these days. We are bombarded with advertising everywhere we go, all geared to influence us to buy a particular product or use some service in favor of all others. We are deluged with print ads, TV ads, radio ads, billboards and signs everywhere, ads at the movies, ads on our computers, ads in our bills, even ads while we're stuck on hold.
Many of the ads we're over-saturated with show us sexy, smartly dressed (or not -- because sex does sell) people, obviously successful, apparently having the time of their lives. The message seems to be that if we subscribe to the correct services and buy enough products to make us look that way and dress that way and behave accordingly, we, too, can be successful and have lots of fun.
Our thinking is influenced by our teachers and mentors, our families and peers, our politicians and leaders and, overwhelmingly, the media. Free and independent thinking is all but discouraged any more. We're led to believe that we'll be much happier and productive citizens if we think along with the pack, follow the accepted dogma, and keep it politically correct.
So, okay, I think that pretty well covers "influence." What about you? Are you susceptible to outside influences or do you tend to ignore them?
The TWISTED LINGUISTICS posse rounded up these ruffians today:
resdiences - A stoned and resonating audience.
put the kabash - One Egyptian bad-mouthing another's spirit.
Rounded up by Roxan:
i do not read french well, so the ssyntextual simularities i can not really precieve...
i defy you to go to the libary
acctually them most helpful
she planed the whole thing out
bring out the cool-aid
Who'd like to take on the death-defying feat of not only defining these but using each one in a sentence?
|You Would Choose Love|
Money may buy a little happiness, but not the happiness of true love.
You rather have a true soulmate than a private jet.
And while many people may claim they would choose love too...
You're one of the few who would really do it.