Tuesday, July 31, 2012

No News

I live in a world where bad things don't happen.  I don't watch the news.  I don't read the paper. Us Weekly gives me all I need to know about what is happening in the world.  Weird?  Probably. Do I feel a little lost at work when discussions about the stock market start?  Yes. Do I know anything about our presidential candidates?  No.  Do I care?  Nope.  I know that makes me a little odd, but I have reasons.

Example 1 - While in Dallas for a work training, I had the local news on the hotel TV because I wasn't sure what the channels were.  In a 5 minute span, I saw 2 stories.  In one, a mother got drunk and rolled over on her 6 week old baby while sleeping and killed him.  In the other, a toddler burned her feet on a malfunctioning grate in a park so severely she will need skin grafts.  I turned off the TV.

Example 2 - While in Houston for work last night, I again had on the local news.  The first story - a single car vehicle that flipped over on a highway and killed a small child.  The second (and last) story - a mother was murdered in her apartment in front of her 2 children (ages 3 and 7).  I changed the channel.

See?  Nothing good can come from watching the news.  Sure, I might be uneducated about a lot of important information, but I can also continue living in my world where everyone is safe. {grin}

Am I totally weird?  I mean about this!


Kelly said...

I hate reading about bad things but I also feel like bad things are inevitable and a part of life. Our character is developed by how we handle the bad things. It breaks my heart and it is isn't fair but I don't shy away from it. Maybe one mom saw that news story and it educated her on the dangers of sleeping with her baby or maybe someone saw the news story about the murdered mother and had information that could help the police. Living in a world where bad things happen helps me to cope when they hit too close to home.

The Krause's said...

I don't think it makes you weird, but if it does then I am weird too because I don't watch the news either. It is entirely too negative and depressing!
I like the world I live in too...without the news ;)

Melissa said...

Yep, no news for me either. I would worry way more than I already do!

Karen M. Peterson said...

During the 2008 election I had a really bad experience with a local TV news reporter and swore off local news for a year. I felt a little bit out of the loop sometimes, but was generally more optimistic about life.

I'm back on local news (though not THAT station again!) and I'm usually glad for it, even though it often makes me kind of grumpy. If not for the local news, I probably would have panicked the other day when I came upon police in riot gear in my town.