Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/04/10

I get to play golf for a living.  What more can you ask for – getting paid for doing what you love.”   — Tiger Woods

(Even though I was guilty of pandering to the lowest common denominator, by posting some silly Tiger Woods jokes . . . on this very blog, I’m probably one of the few people who actually felt bad for the guy . . . from day one.  And, it’s not because I’m a big fan – I barely/rarely follow golf, and it’s certainly not because I approve of infidelity.  I felt bad because I knew from the moment the “news” broke it was going to be the never ending story.  One that destroys families.

Just as there was a media feeding frenzy over the indiscretions of Eliot Spitzer, a man barely known outside of the state of New York let alone outside of this country, Tiger was doomed to a life under the microscope of an uncaring, exploitative media.  They know only too well that tawdry sells, so for the sake of the almighty dollar there are absolutely no boundaries.  Not anymore.

I think we need to put things back in their proper perspective.  In the grand scheme of all the events of the world – wars, natural and man-made disasters, scams that bilk investors, schemes that make the rich ever richer, unemployment, economic collapse, famine, genocide, global warming/climate change, poverty, disease, religion, politics, oppression and inequalities of all kinds, etc., etc., etc. – are these sordid stories important news?  Will knowing this . . . this tripe benefit us in any way?  Will having this “information” make us better citizens?  Better stewards of this world?  Better humans?

And, the things that I listed above are only bad things that effect our lives and our world.  There are also good and great things.  Births, cures and new treatments of our ills, inventions, innovations, discoveries of our world and universe, graduations, weddings, artistic achievements, and a wide variety of successes.  These are positive things. Things that can help us feel good about the world, and ourselves.  Do we really need to see the high and mighty fall in order to feel better about our own, more pedestrian lives?  What does that say about us?

And, as a result of all this celebrity cheating nonsense, husbands and wives all around the world are looking at their spouses with an ever increasing suspicion.  The insecure and jealous are becoming paranoid.  Why does he always work so late?  Why does she get those mysterious cell phone calls?  Why is so and so on the internet so much? Accusations are being made, and arguments and fights are ensuing.  These little lovelies then contribute to an increase in domestic disputes and physical abuse, separation and divorce, and sometimes even the ultimate crime of passion.  The only ones benefiting from this current social phenomena are the private investigation firms and companies that sell computer tracking software.  Very nice, indeed.

The news media is definitely at fault.  But just who allows them to continue to feed this perverse little curiosity?

For my very small part in this ridiculous exploitation I would like to offer my apologies to Tiger and Elin Woods.  This should have been something between the two of you, only.  This should have been none of my business, and I’m truly sorry for your pain.)

YUR

5 Responses to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/04/10”


  1. 1 Mark Swindell May 5, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Let me be the first to agree with you. There was a JibJab a few years ago about what passes as news these days. If you haven’t seen it, you MUST. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q2EPKKVrqI
    There is a line in there that says how “great legends (murrow, cronkite, etc) found themselves replaced by blondes with big fake boobs”. But I say, if you are going to replace great legends, the LEAST you can do is give us boobs. I’m mean, THEY’BOOBS. And apparently now, so am I.

  2. 2 unclerave May 5, 2010 at 9:58 am

    That may be true, Mark. But if so, you’re a boob after me own heart!

    — YUR

  3. 3 JoAnn Wendl May 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    TIGER WOOD ? God yes, I agree with you, and an excellent letter by the way. My God what is this world coming to. And if you and Mark are Boobs, then so am I … and that can be taken in any fashion you deem suitable.

    I am sick to death of these people who feel they must publicly weigh in on everybody elses private life. I can’t even stand Oprah anymore. She’s taken on a holier than thou attitude that smacks of such arrogance, feeds right into this latest Sub-stupid American trend of passing judgement on everyone. I’ve heard that God is a personal friend of Oprahs, and calls her daily to hear about the latest state of immorality in the world today.
    Of course, it’s just a rumour.

    What bullshit, what audacity, and how depressing. We should do something about this, but what… What could we do to reverse this epidemic of stupidity, arrogance, unkindness and just plain meanness that drives us to nausea … whatever… whoever…What could we do ? what to do ? I KNOW !

    I love your commentary and think it deserves to be published. And people need to read it. why don’t you send it to the Journal News (Opinion ). I understand that Our Town is also interested in opinion commentary. The editor goes to my church.

    JoAnn

  4. 4 unclerave May 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Thank you, dear lady.

    It’s refreshing to know that there are women, as well as men, who feel this way. I only draw the gender distinction, JoAnn, because one of the popular media ruses in this over-blown case – of what should be a private matter – is the playing up of the (other) women being “objectified”. This *Infotainment* media leaves no button un-pushed, and they held this one down as long as most of the other emotional hot-buttons. I’ve never bought into this business that once you enter the public spotlight, in any capacity, you automatically surrender all rights to privacy. To me, that is just pain garbage! I think we’ve all been cheapened by the reporting of these kinds of stories. We need to re-establish some boundaries. For the sake of decency, and for the sake of civility.

    — YUR

    PS. I had to edit your comment for purposes of topic relevance. None of your words were changed. I just deleted the off-topic parts.

  5. 5 JoAnn Wendl May 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I was very upset that someone advised him (Tiger Wood ) to apologize to the world at large on camera. That was the worst thing he could have done. He should have taken a lesson from Letterman, and made a short but sweet admission that yes, the rumours were true, and that he will have a hell of a time repairing the damage done to his family as a result, but that from ” here on in, I’m here to let you know that these are private matters, and ones that will be resolved in the privacy of my home. To all other parties whom in my carelessness I have involved in this mess, I regret any damage done as a result of my actions, and have offered my apologies. This whole business has been very hard on my wife whom I love very much. There will be begging for forgiveness there and on bended knee. I hope the press will understand the importance of privacy at this time, and allow my family the space we need to heal.”

    And from then on, his response should have been “no comment”.

    My fear about the whole thing is that he might not recover his marriage or his career. An unnecessary sacrifice of one of the truly great golfers in many a year. His overblown public apology turned him into such a victim to the mob out there, that they’ll never let him forget it, and the press has no restraint.

    From where I sit, fame seems hardly worth it.

    JoAnn


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