BREAKING away from 24/7 NEWS
Once upon a time I was a NEWS junkie.
I would surf through the Canadian & American NEWS channels in the morning while I read the local NEWSpaper and perused Google News, watch Local TV News at noon, tehn on to more North American & International TV NEWS at suppertime, and then repeat the process again in the evening....
why oh why oh why?
I kept watching even though I realised that the same stories appeared in my Newspaper, my TIME magazine, my Wife's Celebrity Mags, Local TV reports, National TV reports and International TV reports...
a swirling vortex of Infotainment rehashing the same stories over and over and over.
The cumulative effect of trying to retain all of the nominally useful information was stress and anxiety.. because
BAD NEWS is the best kind of NEWS
in the NEWS Business.
If you are inundated with terrible NEWS from all over the world you cannot help but feel overwhelmed.
These days the line between Entertainment and NEWS has been erased.
I believe that this has happened because humans are simply physiologically incapable of handling that much negative information, even if it is Infotainment. It is much easier to digest the trivial details of Celebrity's frivolous activities.
These days the NEWS is made more palatable by having more photogenic announcers.
America has gone from Cronkite to Couric.
Katie makes more money in one year than Walter probably made in his lifetime. why..because she is as big of a 'item' as the actual NEWS.
Here in Canada we prefer our NEWS 'missionary style' but nevertheless we will soon witness Ian (Handsomemanthing) Hanomansing replace Peter (Everyman) Mansbridge.
As a child I watched footage of the War in Viet Nam on TV every night and it just seemed to be scenes from a Movie...forty years later I worry that I am so desensitized that the horrific images on TV lose much of their impact.
Even 9/11 footage is slowly entering that realm due to the hundreds of occasions that I have been exposed to those images.
Natural Disasters such as the terrible images of a Tsunamic wave bursting over a Tropical resort is also losing its impact..and I am troubled that this particular disaster received such overwhelming response because of the fact that so many of the victims were vacationing Europeans and Americans..
unfortunately this item would not have been such a BIG story if only local inhabitants were killed...
otherwise it would have been another "over there" story and there is something seriously wrong with that.
Let's face it, NEWS is competing for your eyeballs and advertising dollars the same as all of the other crap on TV.
I still try to stay selectively informed but now I prefer my NEWS 'old school' like Detective Joe Friday on Dragnet,
"Just the facts please Ma'am."
How do you deal with 24/7 NEWS.