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Confessions of an Addict

Being a news addict, I confess to soaking up as much of the news as is possible in a day from as many sources as possible.

We hear it said, “All politics is local.” If that is true, can we say all news is local?

We are reminded that most of the news we receive does not begin in our area but is a report of something happening a long way from home. Last week, we watched as the alleged cop killer was “holed up” in a cabin in California only to be burned to death at the end of the day. We read about the resignation of the Pope. Reports tell us this is the first resignation by a Pope in 600 years. Being a news addict, I confess to soaking up as much of the news as is possible in a day from as many sources as possible. I rarely care what is taking place in the pop culture world of the Kardashians, or other pop culture icons. I know many people follow closely the daily lifestyle choices of the outrageous lifestyles of the rich and famous, but not me.

It would seem the more outlandish or the more heinous the crime, the more news coverage is given.

With all this being said, the real question is, what really appeals to our attention when we are drawn to a news report? It would seem the more outlandish or the more heinous the crime, the more news coverage is given. Driving the roads of the metro area as I do, I know the tag of the Atlanta market being the “rubber neck capitol of the world” really fits because of the number of people who cannot resist watching a clean up of a wreck on the other side of the highway. We are drawn to news stories about a cruise ship that is adrift on the open sea. We are shocked by the video reports of storms or meteorites falling from the sky. We want to know who was arrested in our town, and what their charges were. We seem to have information overlook when it comes to our favorite sports team and the players on the team.

With all the interest shown in the above mentioned events and news reports, we seem to be the most uninformed and confused when it comes to the real issues facing us in the political world. I notice that unless we believe we are threatened by a political decision, few pay attention to the daily events occurring around them in the political world. Though polls and surveys report the lack of trust in political officials, most people, when asked, indicate they personally like the people currently in office. Recent surveys tell us that while the decisions coming out of Washington will harm us and majorities of the people do not like the direction our country is headed, they personally like President Obama. I once had an older observer of life tell me that the majority of people will never raise a voice of opposition to anything unless they are hurt or threatened. From where I stand, we need to be aware that we are always at risk of losing our freedoms.  

What appeals to you in the news? Tell us in comments. 

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