HUMBOLDT GROWER

– the gold standard

what is with all the sensationalism? — December 5, 2017

what is with all the sensationalism?

On a recent reading of “Bigfoot, bullets and bud: My insane Humboldt County weed harvest,” by Tara Anaïse – as printed on Salon at

Bigfoot, bullets and bud: My insane Humboldt County weed harvest

Well, the obvious response is that is just the way journalism is. I suspect so, but this approach, essentially fictionalized reality or sensationalism, does the public and the emerging cannabis industry a disservice.

And here’s the thing, sometimes bad things happen in a criminal world – how is this some kind of shocking surprise? Yet, at least in Humboldt, the criminal world of cannabis is embedded in a larger culture and history – cannabis helped to build schools, community centers and a radio station in Humboldt. And, sensationalism denies the reader any understanding of this.

Repeated media outlets have followed this path; we assume that this sells and that is why these media would bother to distort. The cannabis lifestyle is exciting enough without adding false narratives.

We are in transition. The old days are passing and the new days are just appearing over the horizon. There is no place in this new world for these kinds of anti-cannabis screeds.

steve

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