It is not easy coming up with a story to write about. Whether you're going to be writing something fictional or real, a news article or a short story, or even a simple Facebook post, it's not the easiest thing in the world to do – contrary to what many would say. Especially in the modern world, where a universe of information is available at your fingertips, and everybody wants to get as many possible clicks from users checking out their work. Clickbait titles like “Ten Things You Didn't Know Were Still Around” (which is probably a Buzzfeed article already) or the same story reported on several different sources all run by the same group, the constant stream of news and information makes some stories almost become redundant or even boring to read again and again.
Following the 2016 election, political
activism and updates have become major aspects of Internet culture.
Because the newsgroups noticed that people were clicking on stories
about the candidates, every agency would run the same story. Which
really isn't a problem, people read different things. But they will
stay on the same story until the next big one comes through,
oftentimes fighting against themselves for the big story of the week.
When Trump fires somebody, everyone jumps on it and hopes they get as
much interaction on Facebook as possible, all in competition with
each other. On a platform such as the one you are reading this on
right now, you get about a week to come up with an article, and at
this rate, the story you start writing about on Monday is completely
different than the story you end up writing about on Thursday because
the second story is even bigger and more important than the last. Of
course, this is not to say that everybody having their own say is a
bad thing, it just comes down to CNN or Fox running a variation of
the same exact article about the same exact event every day until the
next one comes along – but then again, that's how the 24/7 news
cycle works, I guess.
Beyond politics, there is the constant
entertainment news that every group wants to report on, even if there
isn't that much to write about. One such example is the production of
the upcoming Justice League film.
Within the last few weeks, it was leaked that Warner Brothers would
have to digitally erase Superman actor Henry Cavill's mustache that
he grew for his role in the next Mission Impossible.
This was reported by everyone ranging from ComicBook.com to
Entertainment Weekly. Of course, it is a fun little story about the
production, and it is nice to see a story like that – but the same
one ran three or four days in a row. On the reverse side, much like
the current state of affairs in our nation, sometimes the
entertainment news comes in so fast that stories have to either be
sacrificed for the another or combined with several others. This is
most evident in mid-July during San Diego Comic Con, where many major
movies either are announced or present some footage to the crowd. The
big-hitters like Justice League and
Avengers: Infinity War
get a lot of the press, but by the end of the week are put into a
list of “Best Things Announced at SDCC” on the following Monday.
not easy to keep up with the cycle as it is. And for good reason –
in the modern era where everybody has a platform to express
themselves, whether that is a Facebook comment or a tweet that freaks
out the Pentagon, the Internet has made opinions and views all
equally valid. This article itself isn't too long, but at least it's
something different than talking about Trump's growing animosity to
anybody who does not bow before him, or his inappropriate speech at
the Boy Scout Jamboree. Or the leaked Infinity War trailer
and the Captain Marvel
reveals. It almost requires a time machine to be able to find the
story of the week, or find your opinion on something. And until such
a time exists where we do have access to the space/time continuum,
we'll just have to hope the big one is the one we focus on