I may be a little sensitive in my old age..I was raised by my parents to read at least (time permitting-and not including school and homework) one hour per day..My Dad taught us to read 2-3 newspapers every day (in my case since I grew up in upstate New York- The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal-The Christian Science Monitor-to get a "balanced view of the world) and read a good book at night at least 30 minutes before we went to sleep (we were not allowed to watch tv after 8 pm during a school week but didn't have to be sleep untill 9 pm)
I taught my son that good habit also and today I read via the internet several newpapers every morning and I am just sick and tired of reading about celebrities and their non news events that pass as news..I could give a "rats behind" whether Ben and who ever are sleeping together, whether someone who is a big ex football player got pulled over for a speeding ticket and has drugs in his car, whether Tom Cruise and what's her name are having a baby..to me that's not news yet it takes up headlines and the lead on the evening news
I also am concerned about how the majority of Americans receive the news via the cable tv networks and form their opinions based upon whether they watch cable MSNBC or Fox News. I gain greater appreciation of different views of what's going on in our country by reading the editorial page and most important the "Op-Ed" page
I fear we as Americans are not using 1/10 of our minds and allow the media to shape our opinions on important issues of the day
Am I just becoming an old f*&^%^t about this ? Thanks for letting me get this off my chest..Now about cruising ....
I agree with you. I am a heavy reader, and my son is getting that way too. But, he is a news hound, and comes to inform me about everything that happens. News to me isn't about who is doing what with whatever, or who dresses the best etc. I always wondered, if you took all that out of the news, and to go a bit further, take out all the shootings and other unhappiness, what would our news be? On TV it would be ten minutes because only negative things happen. I wish that for one day, the news would be all about happiness.
I quit watching the TV because i have enough trouble and depression in my own world, I really can't handle the rest. Not to say it isn't news worthy, but so depressing.
In the papers, yes, they have good things, but geeze! I can go on forever with the "hot news" on celebrities, sports players, millionaires who are bored, I would be red in the face with bloody stubs for fingers typing about it all.
Venice, I know what you are talking about. I to have a problem with the lack of readers in the world, but times have changed. It's not a very good excuse, but is a fact of life. I am a big believer in reading, and as I get older, I care less and less about who is doing who thing, but it is very popular in our culture. I am forever trying to get my students to read more. We even have a program with our local paper where they give us newspapers for the kids to read in class. When there is a special assignment, and the kids need to draw information from the papers, we have to supply most of them, because you find fewer and fewer papers in the homes.
Funny you mention this. A girlfriend of mine has been studying in Europe and I ask her the difference and she says that all the "kids" have papers in their hands reading everyday. They know and want to know more about current events and what is going on in the world where she thought American kids live in their own world so to speak...
I'm not sure what is best - I tried to read more after talking to her and found I was more stressed and depressed and disollusioned on life than ever and thought I might just stick to romance novels and my life and turn the TV off before the news comes on....
When I was in school (no, it wasn't a covered wagon)! we had the "look it up club". That is ingrained in me and I read anything in front of me. My youngest daughter is the same, but I find it hard to read a book. Maybe now that I'm retired I will get to the book store more often. Two weeks retired and I'm loving it, but we will see how that shakes out after the holidays and the cruise.
The other thing that gets me is the lack of consideration for the reader when posting on the internet. Please, use punctuation, capital letters, and periods so the readers can understand what you are saying. By being lazy about these things the poster is forcing the reader to interpret what you are saying.
Book me on your next cruise and enjoy your personal punching bag.