Saturday, August 24, 2013

Yes, but is it newsworthy?

I wake up each morning, somewhere between 4;30 and
and 6.  I am an early riser.  Too many years in construction, 
I guess.  So, as to not wake the rest of the family, I usually
find myself out here, reading, and waiting for the coffee to
finish brewing.  You sit at the computer while it boots up,
and then wait for the home page to load.  In between the
pop-ups and the adverts your mind begins to wander.
OK, you say to yourself, what's the news of the day?  There's
a voice inside of you that tells you that this is not the
place that you  should be using to get the news.  It's like
wading through treacle.
  Since we do not have terrestial TV, I have no idea who 
the Karshadians are, and quite frankly, I don't care to.
Obviously somebody must read this shit.  Most of these 
little stories appear to be put out by the "spin doctors"
that have become so prevalent in our society.   The
presumption being, I guess, is that if they shove enough 
titillation at you, as a sort of bait, that you will 
grasp the hook and become one of the enthralled 
masses that just sits on the edge of their seat waiting 
for some breaking event.
    Of course you can always move to the next story {?},
and get a bit more spin.
   Shit, I really do miss that bygone era of the newspaper
just giving you the news, without the added video and 
the obligatory links that the web seems to love so well.
Maybe I was spoiled, but I used to love waking up 
on a Sunday morning and driving down to pick up 
the Sunday paper.  I had choices:  The New York Times,
Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Philadelphia 
Inquirer, and even the Pittsburgh Gazette.  Sometimes I 
would buy several of them. The comics all got tossed,
right off the bat.  Some of the stories were in regards 
to certain events, but each paper had different journalists 
that provided you with slightly differing viewpoints.
The other advantage, of course, is you did not have to put
up with objects moving across your screen, or some
nut job wanting you to take a survey.  You're really
just fodder for some ad.  The newspaper never tracked you,
either.
    The amount of tripe on the web that is supposed to
pass for journalism is astounding.   Scarier still is the 
fact that a high percentage of our citizens depend on 
this particular medium for their primary source of 
news and information.
   Thank goodness for books.  They prod your
imagination like nothing else.
   It must be really tough being a teacher in these times.
How can you instill imagination and a quest for
knowledge in an environment that doesn't particularly
encourage it?
  I guess my problem is that I never viewed the news
events of the day as entertainment.  Sorry, my
mistake.

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