17 May

Let’s kick the scuttlebutt!

I’m not sure when it started, but not too long ago I found myself checking the news on my smartphone several times throughout the day.

Of late, I have come to realize that my self induced media saturation has had an impact on my mindset.

Throughout history news tended to be an update on what had actually happened in recent days. Time had a way of shaking out the facts and elevating what would ultimately shape our perspective, decision making and outlook on life.

Much of today’s news is instant, reactionary and conjecture. It shoots from the hip and dances around as full fledged propaganda. It has become more commentary than reporting. It plays in the hypothetical more than reality. Reading the news has become exhausting as our minds try to decipher between truth and misinformation, better known as bald-faced lies. Who knows what to believe anymore? Spin wins as unbiased reporting has become a thing of the past.

We certainly have a responsibility to be aware of current events and to consider how what was might impact what is and what is to come.

I am determined to participate in a much more regulated media diet. I believe returning to more of a weekly summary of all that makes the world go round might be the way to go. Time with the “Sunday Paper” is starting to have real appeal as I release on my grab-and-go gusto for news.

Certainly the spin will still be present. Bias and a desire to influence my thinking won’t give way and the advertisements will forever be a mainstay. But something tells me my mindset, attitude and perspective on life might actually improve as I consider focusing more on living and less on all the scuttlebutt. That might be newsworthy in and of itself!!!!

When it comes to the news and media, I can’t help but think that less might actually lead to more, more living, more loving, more laughing and a whole lot less worry.

Who’s with me? Let’s kick the scuttlebutt!

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