I Have No Excuse – Also, My Opinion on That “Kid Stuck Behind The Couch” Video

I have no excuse as to why it has been so long since I’ve updated my poor, neglected blog.  Maybe it was the 20-plus page papers I had to write to finish out my first semester of graduate school.  Maybe it is the entire month’s worth of work that I neglected while I was writing said papers.  Maybe it’s because I have felt VERY uninteresting lately and haven’t wanted to bore you.

Obviously I have gotten over the last one.

As a writer, I prowl around the internet looking for interesting things to write about.  Aol is a surprisingly great source for some of the blogs I write for, as well as some entertaining nonsense that amuses me.  I ran across this opinion piece and figured you shouldn’t be deprived of MY opinion on the subject.

So there’s been this video zinging around the internet of a little kid who is stuck behind the family couch.  This article that I linked to above denounces the parents in the video for recording their kid’s discomfort for a few minutes before getting him out from behind the couch.  If that’s not bad enough, between the crazy amount of spam comments on the post, there are people sniping back and forth about how this is “child abuse” and one person even shares their personal tragedy of their parents taking a picture of them when they had bad poison ivy.  Others talk about how “real” fear involves the child being beaten, and that people really need to find a better way to spend their time than denouncing some parents who want to share a cute family moment with the entire world-wide internet.

Here is the video.  See for yourself.

I realize that I promised to share MY opinion on the subject – something well within my rights since this is, after all, my blog.  The problem is that people are so lame and stupid that it practically takes all the fight out of me.  It makes me want to throw up my hands and burrow down into the couch cushions.  Do I think it’s OK for people to put their personal family videos on the internet?  Yeah.  That’s kind of their prerogative.  Do I think that they have a right to put videos of their kids on the internet?  Again, that is their prerogative, as long as it is wholesome and all that.  Some of my favorite stuff on the internet involves cute kids saying cute things or cute cats with stupid captions.  In that way I am like 90% of the internet population.

So, sorry about me.  I don’t think the kid in the video above is in real distress.  I don’t think he’ll be traumatized by this event, nor do I think that his parents are bad parents for pausing to record a funny moment with their kid and to teach him to tell the truth when he gets into a sticky situation.

That’s what I think, Folks.  What do you think?

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