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The News… or Not? (Rant ;) )

A few months ago, I started to do a series that was a little more political.  At the time, I put out a proposed agenda of other topics I would take on.  Well, it obviously didn’t happen.

My first big topic was supposed to be “media”, ie, “The News”.  Wow, the more I dug, the deeper down the rabbit hole I got!  And I did not dig far enough for my liking.  Sigh.  Oh well, I will do just a quick overview, but no footnotes or anything that I had originally planned.  And no stories showing how far out a lot of “news” really is! This will be a very small, light, scratching of the surface.

As I talk to people, read things and watch “The News”, I have some interesting observations.  OK, none of this is original and many have talked about it before, but seeing it first hand and hearing someone tell me, well, it is two different things.

Right now, in the US, people live in completely, diametrically opposite worlds.  These worlds are created by the news people pay attention to, or the news that the people they talk to watch/listen to/read.

First, I have several news sources that I rely on.  I will not take the word of just one.  These sources do fact check and actually fire people for not following the proper fact-checking procedures.  Contrary to what some may say, this does not “prove they are misleading us”, quite the contrary, it proves that they take getting it right serious.

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Ring - Your Past is Calling

<Rant>I was at a year-end dinner for a local political organization.  A few people mentioned writing letters to the editor of the local newspapers.  I scratched my head.  Does anyone still read a newspaper?  As I was thinking it, someone else asked that very question out loud.  Well, a few people do, but mostly older people.  It is dying out with the younger generation.

How does local news spread?  There is Facebook, but in many ways that is so pigeonholed most local news doesn’t spread.  There is a lot going on around here that I will never know about if I were to rely only on Facebook. Continue reading

Greatest Literary News of the New Year (and the Previous Few Years!)


Quick, what is the greatest American novel of the 20th century?  There might be some argument over the top spot with the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Steinbeck cropping up, but near the top of most lists will be Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”.   It is in my top handful of books of all time. Continue reading