I cannot recall many other divisive or polarised topics in my lifetime, that emulate this,with the possible exception of climate change(I am an agnostic with insufficient knowledge to voice a considered opinion), maybe Industrial relations(UK) in the 70's-80's qualify here also.
However, my attempts at memory recall, and unintended conflict of viewpoints in my above examples are not the purpose of this entry, more to highlight a few of the events over the last 24 hours,mostly of a minor nature but they need raising nonetheless,
Guardian article discussing poverty came up with
in the middle of an article on poverty and deprivation in South Wales. 'dens of iniquity' and 'opium dens' are what were conjured up in my mind by the authors' use of den. Whether intentional or mistakenly it gave off a subliminal message that there was something seedy about a vape shop.
A local Newspaper then came up with this irresponsible trash with quotations from poorly informed councillors.
The resulting comments are a model of what should happen at any level of media mis-reporting. Challenging garbage is crucial, but once again can we help to gain control of the narrative here - give your local press some stories that they may consider covering especially as they are always short of news.
Two hugely contrasting stories highlight 'cool' or stylish
This from GQ was one of the first positive pieces regarding a stylish product, usually most are dismissed as 'douch-bags' 'silly' etc etc ,this dross typically un-amusing when referring to the topic . To me it matters nought what others may think what my product looks like, BUT it may well matter to a smoker who is considering giving Vaping a whirl. So GQ need a bit of a shout out from us maybe
So nothing heavyweight or profound here(nothing unusual there!)
***updated with more recent examples
from this Guardian article
from this one