Flash Fiction #274

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Anxiety and dissention are the unfortunate results of the Internet Age.  It was once comfortable to believe that we were all basically the same.

Rose-colored glasses are passé.  We now must view our world through kaleidoscope specs.  Freedom of information also means freedom of misinformation.  Every bright and shiny, sharp-edged sect demands its own recognition.

Tea Party and Trumpers separate from Republicans and Democrats.  Anti-vaxxers abound.  Flat Earth is a growth industry.  There are still Christian mega-churches, but more and more, worshippers are doing what they did two millennia ago – gather in groups of 10 or 15 in private homes.


If you’d like to join the fun, go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #274

  1. Rivergirl says:

    Depressing topic, but that’s a glorious ceiling.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Archon's Den says:

      That ceiling is gorgeous. When I was in seventh grade, a family moved to my home town. I don’t know why my little town, as opposed to where they came from, or ‘The Big City.’ The father built stained glass. I never saw any of his work. 🙂

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  2. Jim Wheeler says:

    Religion is about as likely to fade as celebrity worship. Could happen, but not in our lifetimes!


  3. oneta hayes says:

    Won’t fade as long as I have Jesus. He is a pretty sure bet.


  4. Bill says:

    Reality. You gotta love it.

    “The Age of Anxiety” was first published in 1947. Little did he ever know.


  5. Danny James says:

    Not exactly progress is it?


    • Archon's Den says:

      No. It’s change, without improvement. Joe Biden may be able to knit the U.S. back together a bit, from the mess that Trump left. Snowflakes, Cancel Culture, and Woke – it may be too late. I don’t see cracks that large in Canada’s culture/politics. 😳


  6. Margaret says:

    I like the idea of ‘kaleidoscope specs’. I thought of a kaleidoscope too when I first saw the prompt, but no ideas came beyond that impression. As you say, technology has trained us to respond to images that are bright, colourful, and lively – hence some of the problems you describe. Too many of us don’t try to see past the glitz and razzamatazz to accurately assess the worth, or lack of it, in our leaders and institutions.


    • Archon's Den says:

      In a ‘Blame the Victim vein,’ there’s a saying that states that a population gets the leaders it deserves. That may be true on an overall basis, but I certainly don’t get the leaders that I feel I deserve. 😦

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  7. jillyfunnell says:

    I’ll stick with the rose-coloured specs, don’t care if they’re passe. Interesting take!


  8. msjadeli says:

    From rose-colored glasses to kaleidoscope specs, good way to put it. I’m not too worried about the small groups, but I am worried.


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