Friday, January 12, 2007
How Do You Get Your News?
I have a confession to make: I have never been a big newspaper reader. I've never understood how people can spend hours on end consuming large pots of coffee and reading several newspapers a day. My preference has always been for news magazines, such as Newsweek, Time and McLean's (I loved this one when we lived in Canada).
I guess I could cite some reasons for my lifelong aversion to newsprint media. I could say, for example, that I hate getting ink all over my fingers, which is true. I could say, further, that I hate messing with large unwieldy sheets of paper that rip easily, which is also true. And, now that I can't read anything within two feet of my face without glasses, I can say, in all honesty, that newspaper print is too difficult to read, with or without my "specs."
Another confession: I've never been a big fan of TV news either. Why not? First, as Jenn demonstrated in one of her recent blog postings, most TV news coverage is superficial, if not downright banal. Second, even "news" shows that are supposed to feature commentary by and discussion between "experts" are little more than badly written, cheaply produced melodramas that feature lots of shouting, bad manners and almost zero intellectual substance.
My final confession: I spend hours each day (and night) reading news on the Internet. I read tidbits from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and various other web sites and blogs. I especially enjoy reading comments and responses by other readers. I like starting a story, finding a link to another interesting story, wandering around from there, then eventually coming back to where I started. I don't always return successfully to my starting place, however, since it's easy to get lost in cyberspace; sometimes I can't even remember where I started! I've just begun using a RSS feed in Yahoo! and I think, once I get accustomed to it, this is a tool I will be using a lot. For one thing, it's easy to get back to where I started if I begin wandering too far astray.
I'll close with two questions for you:
1. What's your news poison? Are you an Internet junkie, a TV fan, a newspaper addict, or an aficianado of a technology I've overlooked?
2. Why do you prefer that medium?