Melissa’s Musings

Welcome to the Twilight Zone

Posted 10/31/19

By Melissa Anderson

I’ll be honest….I have never actually watched the TV series Twilight Zone. With that being said, as an elder millennial, I am familiar with the general concept and idea behind the series. The opening narration of the episodes is both haunting and intriguing as it makes the mind conjure various scenarios.

“It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”

The reason I find this so relevant, especially lately, is the weird situation occurring in the United States and around the globe. The phrase I would like to use to describe this situation is not appropriate for print. Let’s just say it’s the modern description of what happens when the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum infects the human brain. That phrase aside, if you are like me, you have now come to dread the morning review of news for this reason.

It used to be pretty easy to spot sensationalism and “yellow journalism” which is otherwise known as trash publications or tabloids. From bizarre headlines to outrageous images, the “news” that was purveyed by these was more for a laugh than really to do any type of actual informing of the general public.

Now, however, that has changed. What is going on with modern news sources has crossed that shadowy line between satire and reality. No longer can headlines be easily identified as click-bait. No longer can one know by the end that this content within is not really what’s going on. Reporting has gone down the rabbit hole as things just get weirder and weirder.

It isn’t just the reporting though, it’s the entire system of humanity. What was considered fringe thinking is now front and center. Flat earthers, conspiracy theorists, you name it, and they have made their way to the mainstream. Science, that tried and true method of discovery and understanding, is suddenly no longer to be trusted. Anecdotal evidence, however, is the cornerstone upon which million dollar fads are being built.

The Twilight Zone ran from October 1959 to June 1964, a total of five years and over 150 episodes. These episodes covered various genres from suspense horror, psychological thrillers to fantasy and science fiction. What they all had in common was the conclusion of a often unexpected twist accompanied by a moral. I am really starting to believe that the world has somehow slipped into a weird Twilight Zone where nothing makes sense and facts don’t matter.

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