On Pausing for Context

The Internet is a wonderful source of information. Whether useful or not, factual or misinformation, opinion or fact, biased or unbiased, or humorous or serious, it is up to users to sort through this informational quagmire.

At one time or another and whether intentional or not, everyone is probably guilty of taking bits of information out of context. In this information world of snippets, context is more important to we realize.

YouTube is an endless vault of video snippets over a vast array of topics. I came across an amusing video, and since the event happened in my friend’s hometown during our college years, I asked him if he remembered it. Since he hadn’t, it sent him the link. I also bookmarked the link as a possible video for a future post, but then I discovered the words of Paul Harvey – the rest of the story.

The video rekindled my friend’s memory and he told me about the event figuring I didn’t know – how although full of laughs on the surface, yet one of torture and sadness when examining the full context of the event. With that knowledge in hand, I found a news article that looked back at both the event and the life thereafter of the one involved.

With the information I now know, there’s no way I could embed the video in one of my posts. But in respect to the person involved in the video, I can encourage others to beware of context as things may not be as they appear – especially in the light of full context. Besides, we know how politicians and the media are great examples of taking things out of context. Yes, some of us still yearn for integrity.

8 thoughts on “On Pausing for Context

  1. hmmmm… as usual, well said here frank! i’ve never been a great fan of youtube before. i only began enjoying some videos there some months ago. there are some trash clips and some real good ones.

    politicians have so much to say and the media has so much to bring out to the public… great combo 🙂


  2. Maxi,
    Although I enjoy YouTube, it is a source of much trash. On the other hand, it’s also a good source of both information and entertainment. Finding things seems to be easy too. Then again, a short segment can be really out of context, thus my point.

    Will get your site on the list soon. Thanks for the offer!

    Thanks for visiting!


  3. Pingback: On Romney: Context and Integrity « A Frank Angle

  4. Well, YouTube has its own benefits and disadvantages. Most of the time, its good, entertaining and very very informative. There are a lot of things better learned through images/videos rather than pure text, so I guess it’s still nice to rely with YT.


  5. By the way, Frank, can you remove the question mark after my link on your list? Please make it look like this:

    Kebism – Movies, Music and Tech: All in One

    Thank you bro!


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