red cup controversy

I’m an Expert

I know. It’s a ridonculous thing to call oneself. I do not wish to court the effects of hubris, so I state it tongue-in-cheek.

But I do have my first post up as a SheKnows Expert.

What’s the post about? Think back to what we were all buzzing about this time last week (hint: it wasn’t near as weighty as the issues of terrorist attacks or the rising refugee crisis).


red cup controversy
I’d be grateful if you click over to read and comment — and, if you’re so moved, to Share. (I’m told commenting is difficult there, so please feel free to tell me what your ideas are in the Comments section here.)


This post is part of #MicroblogMondays? Whazzat? A post that’s not too long. Head to Stirrup Queens to join the fun. (Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, but hey, circumstances.)

10 thoughts on “I’m an Expert”

  1. Ignoring the manufactured outrage is the best response. I wish more people would use it.

    (I tried to comment over there, but it didn’t like my log-in. 🙁 )

  2. I still remember hearing about the “outrage about red cups” and shaking my head over it. I agree, it’s totally pointless and would be worth questioning why there’s a big push for this type of outrage. Who benefits and why?

  3. I am going to click over to read, but it isn’t ridiculous to call yourself an expert. Do I call you for advice? Yes. Then you are an expert. If you weren’t an expert, I wouldn’t ask you for advice or follow a how-to.

  4. You always give good, wise advice. The one thing I’ve learned in the last 15 years is that I can control my response, not just my outward reaction, but the way I think and feel about something. It’s not always easy, but I can try (as I am trying – hard – today about something else).

  5. I decided long ago that my life does not revolve around the Internet…and all that that implies. I have a very exclusive set topics about which I care enough about to participate in the online discussion. Everything else? Not worth my time. What is more important: complaining about a red cup or helping my child with homework, or getting dinner started, or watering my plants, or anything else in my REAL life that requires my physical presence. This is one instance where the sound-bite “Get a life!” actually makes some good sense.

    This reminds me of when I was first allowing my children watch tv. I taught them to MUTE the tv during commercials. And, I stressed the importance of the POWER button. I encouraged them to ask themselves: “Is there something more fun/important that I could be doing right now?” If the answer is “I don’t know”…well, go find out. If the answer is “Yes”…turn the tv off.

  6. Re: commenting: I see what you mean. At first glance, there are two options: Twitter & Facebook. I don’t have a Twitter account, and maybe I don’t want to log in with my FB account? Then I clicked on the arrow, & saw a whole lot more options (almost TOO many!).

    At any rate, you gave some sound advice (as always!). 🙂

  7. Very nice… it was so interesting to sit back and watch the spiraling outrage over the red cups. I thought it was stupid, and then thought it would disappear. It didn’t. Your timeline of events and the obvious money-grubbing aspect of fueling the outrage through sneaky internet strategies made it so clear why this wasn’t a one-day fervor. So many more important things to debate. You are so wise to direct people to control their own response — there are times I get all fired up over something and it really does nothing but shoot my blood pressure through the roof. (Unless it’s a clear injustice.) Such a clear example of the internet used for the dark side… thanks for being a levelheaded, sage presence on so many topics!

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