Thursday, November 8, 2007

Aqua Dots & Pantiless Pop Stars

We live in the ultimate age of information.

Technology has given us mobile phones that can take pictures or shoot video that we can then send to all of our friends on their phones. We carry our Blackberries everywhere so anytime something happens not only do we get a call and an e-mail about it, but we can go online and read or watch the story for ourselves. We are truly connected like never before, and it's great!

Or is it?

It's a definite plus that we know what's happening on the other side of the world five minutes after it's happened. I have loved ones who are soldiers. It's important for me to stay on top of the war situation and anything that impacts it.

And it's definitely a benefit that if I miss seeing the news (which lets face it, I don’t watch anyway) I can go online and get the daily headlines whenever I get the urge. And if I don’t have time to look up the news online, most news stations will send me e-mails or text messages when something big happens.

But the fact that most of us can take or leave the news whenever we want seems to have pushed the news media to come up with some creative ways of getting our attention. One popular tactic seems to be giving way too much information. For example: Do I really need to know every time Britney Spears farts, falls or forgets her drawers? Not really, but that type of thing tends to make big headlines these days. Whatever. That's something I can easily turn off. However, something very important hit the news today and was immediately turned into a circus. I'm talking about… the Aqua Dots recall.

NEW YORK (CNN) - U.S. safety officials have recalled about 4.2 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots bead toys that contain a chemical that has caused some children to vomit and become comatose after swallowing them.
Scientists have found the popular toy's coating contains a chemical that, once metabolized, converts into the toxic "date rape" drug GHB, or gamma-hydroxy butyrate, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson told CNN.
"GHB is this drug that in low doses actually causes euphoria," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent. "In higher doses, it can cause people to go into a coma. It can cause seizures. It can cause something known as hypotonia, where all your muscles just become very flaccid.…

Don't get me wrong. This is important news. Very important for anyone else who has a child in their lives. But screaming Date Rape Drug found in Child's Toy goes beyond reporting the news.

Tell me it's toxic. Tell me kids have been hurt. Tell me it's been pulled of the shelves and if I have it in my home I should toss it out. But jeez…

"GHB is this drug that in low doses actually causes euphoria," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent.

Thanks, Sanjay. Now let's tally how many weirdoes are going to run out and snatch up every Aqua Dot they can find to test out the "low-dose-euphoria" hypothesis. Because let's face it…if I wasn't the responsible parent, upstanding citizen, and educated, professional woman that I am…If I were about 15 years younger and still relatively stupid or just high from "doing the reefer" (my mother's words)… I might seriously consider popping a couple of these babies to see what happened.

But since I'm no longer living in a dorm room, I now have to worry about my kid…or more accurately one of her raggedy-ass classmates... bringing some contraband Aqua Dots that they smuggled out of the trash in to school to give the euphoria a try.

Too much friggin' information.

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