Thursday, May 11, 2006

Thumbs down to news

I used to pride myself on staying abreast of current events and regularly catching the news (either print or TV); however, ever since September 11 happened, I've found the news a bitter pill I'd rather not follow. I realize this is a dangerous game I play, risking being so out of the loop. Knowledge is power...I buy into that ideal. I just need to get my knowledge some other way. Have I found the delivery method right for me? Not yet. I definitely frequent "new media" (that's blogs, peeps) and do read the paper periodically. I go old school sometimes relying on word of mouth (dangerous, I know). You'd be surprised how much people want to pass along to you or what you can overhear just keeping those ears alert. Having been on the road for more than 7 hours today, I feel only affirmation in my feelings of dissatisfaction with the news. Seven hours, 4-5 NPR stations, and the same 4 stories over and over and over. I can now recite the story of Bush's reaction to the USA Today article on the NSA tracking the phone calls of millions of Americans. Curious about immigration policy or the proposed tax cuts? Give me a call. I respect the journalists working hard to keep us all informed, admiring them from afar with what could sometimes be called jealousy. All I really want is to continue to see the envelope pushed and the harder questions asked. As media conglomerations grow, let's hope the news reported is less watered down than we've come to expect.

5 comments:

  1. I check cnn.com like it's my job (ha)....I'm usually at least semi aware of things going on, the basics. I can't stand to read the newspaper, I used to read US News and World Report like Glamour though. Haha!

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  2. I am so overwhelmed with trying to keep up. News is a source of guilt for me. More than anything else, I am ashamed at my lack of knowledge about US history and how our government works. Shameful! I need to take a class.

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  3. haha you said thumbs down.

    i check cnn.com only because i won't get in trouble at work looking at it because everyone and their mother does. I like washington post better but i hate navigating their site.

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  4. Yes, CNN.com is my "safety" site to look at while at work. I also like this site.

    I prefer the Washington Times;) HAhaha....I mean, I would if I read the paper;)

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  5. You cnn.com readers are part of my gossip corps.

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