Because they are KILLING ME.
After an extended hiatus from Newsvine, I find myself back here once again, hungry for more political minutiae, more explosive and incendiary headlines and still MORE of the hair-brained totally nonpartisan warfare. I think it's still here for the taking, but I've been unable to focus on ANYTHING other than the endless parade of images of sad, sad, sad, sad...sadsadsadsadsadsadsadsad... animals.
I know these tragedies exist. I've seen many firsthand when they're a billion times more upsetting to behold. I'm a foster mommy for a local senior dog rescue (currently I have a pom and a chihuahua - totally sweet and adorable AND totally dumped by some savage monster in their golden years like yesterday's trash). And as a matter of fact, I started this here Animal Lovers group way back when because...
...I love animals.
However, I also love politics, a fact which, upon waltzing through the cyber-threshold of newsvine.com, I immediately realized posed a complete and pretty much constant conflict with my absolute hatred of seeing animals in pain. It seems that Newsvine has decided to have its members pay not in yearly dues, but with minutely challenges of our reflex responses as we scramble to obscure the picture of the emaciated dog with our hands before the image makes it all the way to our psyche.
And THEN somehow I landed on an article about the CEO of Godaddy having shot an elephant?? While he was on vacation??? And there was a photo RIGHT THERE of a DEAD, BLOODY ELEPHANT??!!! WTF!!!!?!?!?!? My reflex response about amounted to me tossing my laptop out of my window and into the street to its death.
What happened here? Who OK'd WSPA's total domination of Newsvine's right-hand side advertisement space and gave the thumbs up to nonstop visual torture for all readers to suffer past to read some dumb article?? Because it is not cool!! And I sit here, debit card in hand ready to donate both my legs and some teeth to WSPA even though I have NO MONEY so that somebody will make it stop. For the love of God, I beg of you, Merry Christmas, Amen.
I am serious. I want to end the dog-meat trade just as bad as you guys, but can I help you to rethink this approach, WSPA? Are you really getting the ROI you'd hoped for with this campaign of horror? Because I have a feeling that your advertising budget is better spent in just about any other way than bumming out a bunch of news junkies when we're simply trying to find out what Herman Cain's latest ridiculous recorded-on-camera statement was.
Can I get a witness? Or an 800 number??
Lisa in CA