The past few days I've had fun watching the media frenzy around Tommy Jordan, the dad who shot his daughter's laptop on video and posted it to YouTube. People that didn't know him called the police and CPS to come investigate him. CBS even offered them a TV series. All because an angry dad sat alone in the middle of his private property with a laptop and a gun and put bullets in it during a fit of anger to teach his daughter a lesson. That's how ridiculous things in our world have become.
I've enjoyed reading Tommy's public posts on his Facebook page as he has gone through the various stages of the attention that he has been given and thought it was admirable that he refused to talk to any media at all or profit from this in any way, great that so much money has been raised for MDA, and a by product has introduced many to Cloud computing.
At the end of the day the guy who has become both a hero and villan remains just another guy who is trying to do the best he can to raise his kids and provide for his family. He's not perfect (thinks horsemeat should be sold by the pound, thinks we don't need to be humane to animals because they are not humans, they are food), and he's not the best parent, or the worst. He's just a guy who in his quest to teach his daughter a lesson got caught up in a media feeding frenzy. Tommy says he doesn't need or want the attention but he's still writing long, long posts to the thousands who continue to listen.
It's been fun but it's time for Tommy's 15 minutes to be over, for everyone to go back to their own lives, and for Tommy, who doesn't want attention, to set his Facebook privacy to "friends only"