The Real Victim of This Tragedy Is My Artisanal Wares

This recent tragedy? Sad, atrocious, not to mention tragic.  Which is why we should be focusing on what’s most important right now: my new small business of artisanal wares.  You see, this past spring I got on a real creative tear: pressing ink stamps of ladybugs onto T-shirts and fabricating earrings from found objects in […] The post The Real Victim of This Tragedy Is My Artisanal Wares appeared first on Robot Butt.

The Real Victim of This Tragedy Is My Artisanal Wares

This recent tragedy? Sad, atrocious, not to mention tragic. 

Which is why we should be focusing on what’s most important right now: my new small business of artisanal wares. 

You see, this past spring I got on a real creative tear: pressing ink stamps of ladybugs onto T-shirts and fabricating earrings from found objects in my neighbor’s trash. I became divinely inspired to repurpose corks from wine bottles and even learned calligraphy. For countless hours I pressed and painted, hand-dipped and handcrafted until the inventory in my living room matched the mood board hanging above my bed. 

There I was, about to activate the promo code DREAMBIG10 on my website when what happens? A national tragedy. 
Do you have any idea what that’s like? I had just sent out a press release to local media. 

But just because I’m a victim of this tragedy doesn’t mean I can’t be a part of the solution. What we need now is healing, and the best way to do that is through the power of kitschy doodads and ornamental knicknacks. I’m not a hero, just someone on their #grind turning their side hustle into a small business. 

Still, I must pick up my cross and bear it – just like Jesus and probably Gandhi, too. So, yes, I will temporarily be changing my profile picture on all social media platforms. I will be donating 10% of all my profits to charity after charging 110% on all merchandise. Why? Because this isn’t just about the events of the tragedy. It’s about something much bigger: tie-dyed bandanas and miniature clay pots for putting spare change in. 

My pop-up store in the park on Sunday? Still happening. But it won’t be as fun now because of this tragedy. It’s going to come up, and when it does, I will solemnly nod my head and then remind customers that a free button is included with every purchase of $20 or more. 

Trust me, I wish this tragedy had never happened. It was powerful – some would say selfishly powerful – but it has also created the opportunity for us to come together and start a conversation. There are lots of voices that need to be heard, and I know that one of them is the brand voice of my company’s mascot, Todd the Totebag Toad. Now more than ever it’s important to amplify my small business’s core values of Imagination, Joy, and Whimsy. 

Which is why I want us all to imagine a world without tragedies. A world free of pain and suffering and news deemed “more timely and relevant” than my press release to local media. I don’t know about you, but that’s the world I want to live in. 

We can’t let the tragedy win. Yes, it happened. It was tragic. But the sooner we move on from this tragedy, the sooner we can start to move on with my life.

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The New York Times Unveils New “All-Israel” Section

In a dramatic announcement, The New York Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet today unveiled the paper’s newest section, ‘All Israel.’ “A number of our readers open the paper just to scan for our Israel coverage. Some do it to complain that we are bashing Israel. Others so they can complain that we are not bashing The post The New York Times Unveils New “All-Israel” Section appeared first on The Mideast Beast.

The New York Times Unveils New “All-Israel” Section

In a dramatic announcement, The New York Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet today unveiled the paper’s newest section, ‘All Israel.’ “A number of our readers open the paper just to scan for our Israel coverage. Some do it to complain that we are bashing Israel. Others so they can complain that we are not bashing Israel enough. Now they just need to go right to the ‘All Israel’ Section.”

Dying-media Analyst Rhea Cycle praised the move. “Look, as fewer and fewer people read printed editions, papers have to service this crucial demographic. Surprising though it may seem, print editions don’t have search functions.”

Baquet described how the new section would provide the perfect outlet for the Israel Bureau’s prodigious output. “I know some folks don’t really care about Israel, there are actually a few out there, and they wonder why it gets so much attention. They ask why we give Israel more coverage than other less consequential countries, like France. Or Canada. Why, they ask, did we publish articles on Israeli bus routes, agriculture, and even choice of baby names? They ask whether we’re obsessed.”

Baquet continued, “the answer is that of course we are. How else do you explain our The New York Times’ dozen reporters in a country with a population smaller than Paris? Now those reporters will have a section to call home.”

Asked whether some Israeli reporters might be more needed in under-covered areas like Afghanistan, Syria, China, or Tigray, Baquet grew incredulous. “Beijing’s air is terrible and over 30,000 people are in a famine in Tigray. Where would you rather live, in Africa, Kabul or Tel Aviv. Come on people, show some heart.”

This is not the first experiment at The New York Times with shifting coverage on Israel. During the 2014 Israel-Gaza War, the paper made a calculated decision to move the daily death count to the Sports Section.

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