Saturday, March 15, 2008

Weekend Assignment #207: Too Much News?

For this weekend assignment Karen over at Outpost Mavarin wants to know what our news consumption is like.

Weekend Assignment #207: Are you a news junkie, or not so much? Do you seek out news on tv, radio, in newspapers or online, or are you sick of the endless rehashing of the same issues? I realize it's all a continuum, from "I never watch the news" to "I keep it on all day, and read several newspapers" (or whatever). Maybe you vacillate, depending on what's going on in the world or your own life. What's your current level of interest?

I am far from a news junkie. I read the Chicago Tribune and will get some news off the radio and internet, but that is about it. It's not that I don't know what is going on in the country, or world, I think I get my share.

I don't watch the 24 hour cable news stations much. I think I got burned out on those during 9/11. We were stuck in Las Vegas and all we did was stare at the TV for 24 hours. But that is another story. They are good for checking on a news story real quick if we are watching TV. It is easy to flip over to see who is winning the primary in a particular state. I will say that I am a little tired of the election coverage. I know it is important, I want to know who is winning and what they are planning to do if they win, but I don't need 48 people to tell me why one will, or should, win over the other.

Extra Credit: Is there a particular news story you have been following recently?

No, I'm not following anything right now. I was following the news on the NIU campus shooting since my wife and I went there, but that is about it recently.


Florinda said...

I had noticed the NIU badge on your sidebar, but didn't know you and your wife were alums.

My interest in following the news tends to ebb and flow - it's in "flow" these days. Eventually I'll tune out again for awhile.

Mike said...

Florinda: Actually, that is where we met. We spent a long time watching news after that incident. Now I'm in an "ebb" mode myself.

Kiva said...

Yea for the Chicago Tribune. I haven't read it for a while, but it used to be a well written paper. I agree with you about the elections. I don't need 48 people to tell me what they think, either.

Mike said...

Kiva: I think it is still well written. I like it much better than the Sun Times.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

I've noticed recently that even Headline News is no longer useful to going in, picking up a story, and getting out. I tried to get more news on the hoarded dog story one night. A loud, ignorant woman with her own show was interviewing people about it, asking stupid, sensationalist questions and not listening to the answers. Phooey.

Mike said...

Karen: That sounds about right. I try to avoid them if possible. I guess they feel they have mo choice but to be that way in order to keep viewers.