I have always read the newspaper. Detroit News or Free Press or whatever else I can get my hands on.
Some times both while at lunch at work.
I wasn’t into the headlines moreas the “human interest” stories. What I call the " Rooster Story" from " * His Girl Friday"* one of the best comedies ever made, IMHO where Cary Grant is an editor of a newspaper and is having the entire morning edition re arranged to make for the BIGGEST NEWS STORY OF THE Decade. As he is re shuffling all the former front page stories he shouts into the phone " No no, leave the rooster story alone, that’s human interest!" Always cracked me up. But, I’ve always been addicted to the newspaper.
I love the odd stories, which are now usually the “Darwin Awards” and “Fortean Times” stuff. (Maxim, too.) And I wish I had kept all the
“Eat This/Drink this to help prevent cancer” or " Too much of this will lead to obesity/ADHD" articles ( always little paragraphs) because if I had saved them it would have proven and subsequently disproven over the past fifteen years that eveyrthing causes cancer and obesity and ADHD and then is cancelled out in the next round of scientific experiments.
But, long before I decided to replicate myself and husband and shut myself off from society, a hermit without a clue, I learned a valuable experience. Working at a summer camp with no TV, newspaper and only AM radio reception from Canada it was akin to being in Siberia-news wise. So when we would get a new batch of kids at camp ( I had the oldest girls 11-13) I would always ask them " What is going on in the world." Kids at that age usually don’t pay much attention to the news, but we would get snippets, crumbs, if you will.
I will never forget when someone told me , " Oh, they finally released the hostages." (This was 1985 or 1986)
And my cabin mate and I looked at each other and went, " They released the (Iranian) hostages in January 1980."
Apparently, that summer some terrorists held a plane load of people hostage for a couple of days…to this day,I have no idea what it was all about, and frankly, never really will.
And what I learned from that was ( in hindsight, years later) that outside of weather, 100% of the news that happens does not effect me. And with the weather, all I have to do is stay indoors if it is getting ugly out. ( Living in a very dull place with no cataclysmic weather or interesting history or really interesting scenic things to do, except shop and eat, has its perks. If we didn’t have three sports teams here, there would be nothing to talk about.)
I haven’t watched local news in nearly 9 years because everything in the Detroit stations is crap (violence, drugs, murder, rape, bitch,whine, moan) below 8mile road or thereabouts. If there is a segment on the burbs, it is sporatic. I am north of the burbs. None of it applies to me. When I do watch it, it is so depressing that I turn it off. Have a nice day.
RE: Middle East
I have tried to educate myself on this. But frankly, it goes back thousands of years and will continue to do so for the next thousand. I view the entire Middle Eastern thing as a Ping Pong Match of Violence.
*The only reason we have Direct TV (for me) is CNN and FoxNews. * I need it to check into the cold cruel world once in awhile. Everything else, the two billion stations are for everyone else. When I get my fill of violence and bad things, hen I can turn off the tube and go back to my safe quiet cave.
( I too, like the Daily Show, but can never remember to watch it.)