When there are things considered newsworthy- are all those things mandates to know and discuss? In our information driven society we are pressed to be on top of the news… and no where is that more evident than in the blogosphere. It seems that way, from the blogs I visit anyway…. that sometimes the news vocation exists simply to keep people stirred up.
I don’t believe that is a normal state of affairs. Like being on an adrenaline surge all the time. I think it dilutes the ability to make quality decisions and to effectually interact in the world of ones own existance when artificially on a high state of alertness about all the “breaking news”. Just sometimes it is a bit too much, and I ask myself whether it is of value or whether it serves as something of a detriment to critical thinking and prioritizing. And whether it doesn’t serve to make little martinets of us, busy managing the bureaucracy of “knowing” about everything.
Sometimes I feel the Madison Avenue approach has infiltrated everything in American life. That news outlets exist to sell news, not to inform with the necessary communications of happenings, facts, and assessments. And we all rush along in the next wave to move from news story to news story. Like too much of a good thing which gets away from the principle purpose.
We get ‘managed’, in other words.
I was just wondering along those lines.