Rage VirusJune 4, 2014 - Author: newscoma
Why yes I click baited, dear remainder of readers I have with the header. I have no apologies except I do need a shower now.
Here’s what’s on my mind …
The problem is that I’m not sure what is real and what is not in news right now. I mean, there are journalists and columnists I trust that what they are reporting is accurate. I do believe that is true. I’m talking about actually finding news that isn’t rage-based or filled with peanut butter and jelly globs of outrage on four-day old slices of white bread. What bothers me is there is so much noise with political talking heads that I’ve even taken a bit of sabbatical from Twitter because complicated issues, for example Eric Snowden or Bowe Bergdahl, have so much political static surrounding them that I feel like I need more time to process what is real and what is not.
Much of the time in trying to determine what is going on, I want to be cautious not to be outraged for the sake of being outraged. It’s difficult when we, as a society, want our news quick so we can pick it up in the drive-through line (NO WAITING) instead of taking a few moments to let the information be investigated.
I may be reading too much to try to educate myself. Sometimes you can do that where the lines become blurred. So much is out there, but what is accurate and what is bullshit? Yet what bothers me goes deeper than those two men I mentioned above. What concerns me is I don’t trust much of any news anymore due to the partisan blasts from both sides of the aisle. In Tennessee, for another example, why are only a couple of media outlets talking about Gov. Bill Haslam’s affiliation with Jones Lang Lasalle? I find that important but I’m a political geek and you may not be which is fair. I’ve seen a lot of information about Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s and his mission of trying to upend the supreme court judicial system of retention, but many times those stories are behind paywalls. It’s hard to find them if a person isn’t looking. If the courts go partisan, that’s a bad thing, campers.
We have real problems in this country. We do have income inequality, housing discrimination, different standards for men and women, VA hospitals making men and women who fought for our country wait for healthcare and the list goes on.
But let’s all be addicted to the outrage, shall we? Or let’s not, because it makes my head hurt. That’s what makes money because that’s how mainstream news makes the dough-re-mi. If the public has a rage virus, to quote a friend of mine, we all become zombies.
Sounds about right.
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