The other night the old noggin was churning with ideas of what to write about and my mind started to wander (eh, it happens…a lot). I started thinking about how I stay informed on world events. Let’s take Mo. Rep Todd Akin for example. I realize I first heard about his faux pas on my Twitter feed, not the news. Twitter had on the spot coverage regarding his comments 12 hours before I saw it anywhere else.
The next day I was scrolling through Yahoo to see if there was any more information about his comments. In the midst of reading the one article I found about Rep Todd Akin, I see an unrelated link that looks interesting. I know I’m going to regret clicking it but I do it anyway. Sure enough, the article wasn’t great and the video feed starts off “The information in the article is incorrect.” WTH?
Then I go on to make the next worst mistake ever, I read the comments (my hubby hates when I do that, haha). Yes, I know you’re either yelling or laughing at me right now too, aren’t you? I usually restrain myself depending on the tone of the article. But I couldn’t help myself, it was like was watching a celebrity train wreck. I don’t mean any disrespect to Yahoo writers because they’re being paid and I’m not a hater. Right now, I can only aspire to have enough people read my work and complain about it.
I’m just saying when did social media become a main source of information and where I go for my serious news? Twitter and FB keeps me updated on relevant issues without having to go to ten different websites on my own. Twitter really is my morning newspaper. Friends post links to blogs, articles, and suggest books that I should read. I think this snuck up on me over the last couple of months. What about you, where do you get your news from?
I confess I normally only read Yahoo for the tabloid articles and gossip. I’m not saying all the writers are horrible at Yahoo; there are some great writers over there. I’ve found some interesting articles and good information through Yahoo. However, lately I keep asking myself are you sure you want to read this and if you do, don’t read the comments. I won’t talk bad about other writers because that’s not my thing. But dang, I’m giving myself pep talks and warnings before reading articles? It might be time to find a new home page; this is getting a little ridiculous.
By Roni Loren http://www.flickr.com/photos/fictiongroupie/7451891866/
By Ed Grabianowski http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/tabloid.htm