Is Balsamic Vinegar And Soda A Potable Drink Or TikTok Nonsense?
None of you will know Amanda Jones, the new meteor of the Tiktokkian galaxy, who rose to prominence for posting a pathetic video in which she mixes balsamic vinegar and guava-flavored soda and then drinks with great joy. Smiling and joyful, she assures us that it is even better than coke.
Within three days, the video was seen by nearly 6 million astonished people. The viral video went Solomonic and inspired other brain-damaged people to mimic good Amanda, launching the “fizz and vinegar” trend to the stars.
Apart from the ethical and nutritional considerations, which we will address later, it is depressing to see how ignorance dominates in social networks. TikTok is a useful and universal tool: it hosts excellent tutorials, great historians, magnetic communicators, and serial cursers like Gordon Ramsey, but also sleazy cases like the aforementioned “Amandian case.”
If from one point of view this enhances the democracy of Tiktoc, from another, it’s disturbing the ease with which hoaxes come to the surface thanks to an algorithm that rewards vulgar sensationalism.
These are the contents we want to be promoted as soon as we open Tiktoc or any social network. Indeed, let’s just say Tiktoc because, by now, Facebook is the territory of dinosaurs, Instagram was born great, but then it has always given itself to the plagiarism of all other platforms, and let’s not talk about Twitter which is the paradise of fake accounts trying to sell viagra.
YouTube is different. It is, first of all, a search engine, and it is becoming a passive entertainment channel. It is much more customizable, but no YouTube user speaks through this medium: it is a remote control to open a world, a leisure learning platform, which is slowly killing mainstream TV, thankfully.
No, today the only real active communication social network is Tiktoc, but it is becoming a far west.
Two Roman legionaries had already offered sour wine, the famous posca, made with vinegar to the good Jesus on the cross, and, today, we are talking about balsamic vinegar and soda?
All shrubs, of British origin, are nothing more than syrups made with juice, sugar, vinegar, and vegetables or fruit. And they are the pillars not only of English homemade cuisine but also of modern mixology.
But this is only a venial sin.
Of course, the drink of good Amanda is ugly and makes you gag: she put at least 10 cl of vinegar and then added a soda that tastes like strawberry suppositories, but she did it in good faith. Let’s call her a goliard.
What frightens (and amazes) is the reaction of a bovine public that uses social media to learn passively and lets itself be influenced like hamsters on a wheel. Water and vinegar, what a miracle, what originality! Yet, the opiate effect of “these moments” should make us reflect.
But what is even more surprising is the persistence of the so-called experts. Nutritionists and luminaries of gum and dental health have launched themselves against this trend, against a healthy alternative to coca-cola. The vinegar is bad: it’s too acidic, they say, and then even the guava soda contains many calories, this mix is not healthy!
As if they want to invite you to go back to coke, even though they know very well that coke contains monstrous amounts of sugar, caffeine, phosphoric acid, and an ammonia-based carcinogenic dye like the E 150 D.
We are embracing pure schizophrenia: war on all fronts. A random user posts a harmless video, deeply touching the souls of people who give up coke to give themselves to vinegar and the gates of hell open. The world is beautiful for this reason, this voracious and blind madness that overturns everything in a few moments and isolates us in a bucolic world when the real world everything is on fire.
Call Bottura and tell him to forget about the pairing of his (amazing) Balsamic Vinegar with 60-month Parmigiano Reggiano: this summer, we will drink only vinegar & tonic, cheers.