In an effort to put some structure to this blog, I’ve put down some topics I’ve been thinking to write about on paper. Hell, I’ve even thought of what titles my blog categories should have. This has been my second decent post to date and this involves neither of the topics I’ve planned on writing. Perhaps structure and intense planning isn’t just how I roll.
Anyway, I remember how I was so dazed out from the homily of the first Friday mass last week. Though the topic was all about transfiguration and how God proved His greatness to his disciples, my mind was off somewhere. I forgot what made me think about this word in particular, but anyway, my thoughts were wrapped up in the word “news”.
Have you ever tried uttering a word at least five times, or staring at it for such a long time that you begin to doubt its spelling, meaning, or even its existence? Well, I guess this was what happened when I pondered over this word throughout the sermon. I’m the type of person who’s into new stuff, especially pop culture. If I were a web browser, I’d be just totally hypnotized over RSS feeds.
Anyway, so I was thinking about news. How do you define it? What constitutes it? My broadcast communications professor back in college opened our class to this provoking thought. Going back to that moment, I guess she never really did define what it was. She just presented a myriad of points of view from different sources on how “news” is defined. Yes, it’s something new, hence the word “new-s”. And yes, it has to be socially relevant, whether in your circle, immediate milieu, or even on a global scale.
Perhaps, an issue, to be considered news, is also a matter of popularity. This brings us back to the definition of pop, as in pop-ularity: to what degree of popularity should something be for it to be considered popular and hence, news?
Breaking down the meaning of popularity, it is a factor of broadness of reach, as well as an issue’s individual impact to those reached. This gets me wondering: how does Yahoo decide on which articles to feature in its homepage? How does it determine the likelihood of me opening a particular link because a particular topic is of interest to me? Alas, the intricacies of IP tracking and complex algorithms.
Anyway, just when the homily was wrapping up, the priest saw me almost dozing off. I could’ve sworn he was staring at me for a while. This was motivation enough for me to listen to the the remaining part of the ceremony. When I queued up to receive the holy communion, he looked me in the eye for a considerable amount of time, and gave me 3 pieces of the host. Putting them in my mouth, I could barely keep them inside since the pieces were huge. I had to chew them rigorously. He must have probably thought that a demon was inside me and made me want to dose off during homily and his efforts to counteract it was perhaps to increase the dosage of what each Catholic would typically get when they line up to get the body of Christ.