July 24th, 2012
It has been decades since I watched television news for anything other than immediately breaking events such as the September 11 attacks. Television seems to me to be the most worthless of our “information” sources, with the spurious immediacy of its imagery and the breathless shallowness of its verbal content. Somewhat over four years ago, I dropped my subscription to the Burlington Free Press, our “local” Gannett franchise. It wasn’t telling me what I wanted to know about the place I live, at least not $140/year worth. I got my information about current events primarily from listening to public radio, reading the New York Review of Books and our genuinely local weekly newspaper Seven Days, and surfing among half a dozen blogs. Especially with the blogs, I found it possible to feed an almost obsessive interest in the minutiae of politics. How dare John McCain say this or that. What advantage did Obama lose by using one verb rather than another. This poll says that, but it is less reliable than that poll, which says this. Outrage outrage outrage. At last, when I found myself screaming daily at my car radio during the drive to work, I realized that for my mental health I had to back off.
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