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Who’s Right?

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hey. So in the “Why I Don’t Read the Links you Send Me” blog we had to read the other day, it talked about trending medical science, and diet rules, and how they usually tend to be crap. While the author’s position is probably correct, I still enjoy reading Yahoo’s latest on best foods to keep you energized, or the best remedies for my skin. I tend to fall prey to these “of the moment” trends, as I am always hopeful for that next quick fix.

Lately, at least back in Atlanta (where I’m from), a trend has formed of a new type of exercise program, Crossfit. Most of you probably know it, but if you don’t, it’s a high intensity twenty minute workout with the goal of completing as many rounds of the “Workout of the Day” in the twenty minutes. I have many friends who have done Crossfitt, and within a month have completely changed their bodies.

That’s why yesterday, I was surprised to read an article on Yahoo about how Crossfit is total crap, and that’s is sort of a weird cult-like program. The claims were that it was dangerous, ineffective, and totally unpersonalized to the individual. So if one person was hoping to shed fifty pounds, and another was trying to bulk up, they would do the exact same exercises. I have thought about trying Crossfit myself, as it seems to be so effective. However, if people are saying it’s dangerous and not worth my time, what’s a girl to do? 

Now, the point of my blog is not to debate Crossfit, cause that’s probably not something we can all relate to. I just wanted to see if other people in the class also look at the daily articles on news websites, and read on the latest trends. Is there anything you’ve found that conflicts with something you do, or that’s part of your daily routine? With all these conflicting ideas and articles out there, it’s hardly easy to figure out who’s the real expert and who’s not.

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  1. anthonypribadi
    February 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hi. Hmm. I personally don’t really read those links/articles daily, but I do read them once in a while. It’s nice to know that tomato has antioxidant which is good for our bodies. And also, I have heard speculation saying that there is a radioactive substance in banana, too, but I don’t know what the significance of that is, whether that’s a good thing or bad thing. I think some informations out there are good, and some are just craps/meaningless.

    I think we all should bear in mind that people love sensation. And internet always tries very hard to give us sensations of all sorts, e.g. sexually-attractive photos or news, weird things, best goals of the year, ridiculous acts, most beautiful islands in the world, best fruits to eat, coldest place where people live on earth, latest celebrity gossips, etc. When they write or present something, they will try to “market” their articles with something that has a strong “selling power” so that people will click it on their laptops. In fact, just to digress a little, this “Marketing” aspect has been becoming more and more essential in almost all industries. Come back to what my point is: online information is good, but we should discern if the information is accurate enough or exaggerated too much. It’s always good to double check with other sources. 🙂

  2. Ben Harrison
    February 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I agree with Anthony. The internet really is a place to market yourself. If we were to passionately write about something with the goal of having as many people as possible read it, we would probably not make a claim such as “This product is pretty much OK”. This is not a grippy title, and would probably lead to having a minimal readership. Even if the authors might not like or hate a certain something in real life, online they may take a more exaggerated stance, this creates arguments and views, which in turn, creates more readership. In the end, no matter what you are reading about, there will be websites promoting it as the next best thing, and there will be websites that do just the opposite. Such is the way of the internet.

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