Archive for 8th November 2007

What Happens When You Read the News?

I can’t remem­ber the last time I even con­sid­ered seek­ing news any­where but online. Whether it’s what’s going on around Atlanta, the nation, or the world, or just a weather update, I look there first if at all pos­si­ble. Since I’m at home and can check in through­out most of the day, it’s easy for me to get near-​​constant updates on what­ever is going on. I use quite a few dif­fer­ent sources, to get a bal­anced news diet, but between RSS feeds and email updates that’s incred­i­bly easy. I can always fol­low links to the orig­i­nat­ing web sites, and cross-​​check other sites (which I like to do) to get more infor­ma­tion on any­thing that really catches my attention.

In turn, I feed the infor­ma­tion to my fam­ily. I sup­pose most peo­ple do that, in one way or another, and I greatly appre­ci­ate the links received from friends via Twit­ter and the like. I don’t pass every­thing on to Sam and Katie, of course — just the sto­ries that I know to be of inter­est to them.

Unfor­tu­nately, I can’t always refrain from telling them about sto­ries that are par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing to me. Sam, in par­tic­u­lar, really doesn’t want to hear about such things, which is one rea­son he doesn’t read the Atlanta paper. I feel a need to stay abreast of cur­rent events, but also need an out­let for my frustration.

Guess what? This is it!

Yep. I’m going to try to limit my out­bursts to writ­ten ones, and this is the place I’ll be using for them. You can always skip the arti­cles if you don’t like them. It’s much harder for the fam­ily to just not hear me, and I place a high value on peace in the household.