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If you ask me, that's not news
Feb. 15, 2010
by Herald Journal & Enteprise Dispatch Editor Lynda Jensen

In general, I watch very little television, preferring to receive news from WCCO radio. Nothing beats Dave Lee and Mike Lynch in the morning.

Once in a while, I will pop in to check what’s playing on the telly, to find exactly what I suspected – non news and mental garbage.

For example, one week that I decided to sample regular television viewing was unfortunately when Tiger Woods was having the onset of marital troubles.

I can understand one story or even two about Tiger – but endless weeks of coverage, which consisted of mostly speculation?

Media isn’t completely guilty of feeding this junk though, since the public seems to have become consumers of shallow, useless tripe that doesn’t constructively improve anything.

It’s the spectacle of Nero’s circus in ancient Rome all over again. We watch the suffering of others for entertainment. It’s simply unbelievable that our culture is degenerating before our eyes like this. And we are allowing it to happen, and taking part in it.

Don’t ask me about this type of thing, since I can’t bear the idea of even hearing traffic reports in the morning, which boil down to car accident reports (personal suffering) and how inconvenient the crash is to other commuters. It’s like Monty Python’s adage of “don’t bleed on me.” Gawking should be a crime.

Evening television is worse, loaded full of junk that isn’t fit for kids to watch; and yet nearly all of us are feeding our children this suggestive trash. Then we ask ourselves why young people are in the condition they are in today.

When this is combined with the onset of new technology, based on shallow 10-second pod casts, I fear for the future of our culture.

I think we will end up with leaders who can’t spell or communicate in a fashion that promotes longevity.

Who is keeping track of history?

At this rate, we will lock ourselves into a cycle of repeating history, since we won’t keep track of this via time-tested means.

The Minnesota Historical Society is in the process of not archiving newspapers as I write this – they don’t have a plan B.

Who is keeping track of history? Not them, any longer. The society will have to change its name to Minnesota Random Information Society.

What a time to stop funding microfiche of small newspapers! When society needs to keep track of this the most – during a digital era that doesn’t know how to archive or keep track of anything.

Soon, we will end up with a chronicle of history that includes things like when celebrities had affairs and other such nonsense – not the newspaper’s historical account of births, deaths, marriages, major events, record of businesses in town that are doing well (advertisers), and other important things.

What will happen to us?

Quote of the Week

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

~CS Lewis