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Old 09-30-05, 04:06 PM   #1
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Anyone Feel Like Taking a News Fast?

I studied journalism. I've worked in journalism. And now I'm so sick of the news that I think I need a news fast--just a complete respite from journalists scouring the globe to find bad news and stick it in front of your face. I think I'll take the next few months off, and if I like it, it could become a lifetime plan.

Does anyone else feel this way?
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Old 09-30-05, 04:35 PM   #2
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I studied journalism. I've worked in journalism. And now I'm so sick of the news that I think I need a news fast--just a complete respite from journalists scouring the globe to find bad news and stick it in front of your face. I think I'll take the next few months off, and if I like it, it could become a lifetime plan.

Does anyone else feel this way?
I think a TV fast is what i long for. I really don't watch much TV but still. In fact I have found that the older I get the more irritated I am by it. I don't mind news, but I would rather pursue the news via Newspaper and/or internet.

It seems like you have less control over what you learn by watching TV. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems that way. I dream of a day when sometime i don't have a clue what is going on in the world. Probably will never happen but doesn't hurt to dream.
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Old 09-30-05, 06:23 PM   #3
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I studied journalism. I've worked in journalism. And now I'm so sick of the news that I think I need a news fast--just a complete respite from journalists scouring the globe to find bad news and stick it in front of your face. I think I'll take the next few months off, and if I like it, it could become a lifetime plan.

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Dude, I've been doing this for the last 23 years and it's been a good life.
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Old 09-30-05, 07:18 PM   #4
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I studied journalism. I've worked in journalism. And now I'm so sick of the news that I think I need a news fast--just a complete respite from journalists scouring the globe to find bad news and stick it in front of your face. I think I'll take the next few months off, and if I like it, it could become a lifetime plan.

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- yes... BA Journ '76 PSU, and freaking glad i never worked the industry (spent 20 years as a military photojournalist doing search and rescue, oil and chemical spill remediation, and drug and fisheries interdiction; biggest thrill was taking fisheries snaps while strapped on the lowered ramp of a C-130 cruising at 190 knots 100 ft. above Japanese trawlers 200 miles off Washington coast)...

- journalists rank right there with bottom feeders and politicians... makes me want to blow chunks when i read the crap in the 'mainstream' press and listen to network news...
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Old 10-01-05, 05:27 AM   #5
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When I quit my job to go travelling, I ditched my watch to be free of the shackles of time, and didn't know much of what was going on in the world. It was great!

Since I'm "in a period of stasis" (for lack of a better term) right now, I'm getting news from the paper, TV, and internet right now. I'm feeling overloaded. I'm looking forward to escaping again.
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Old 10-01-05, 08:43 AM   #6
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Came to that same conclusion about 15 years ago! I have been going like that ever since.

Typically the only news I get is on the radio in the time it takes me to get to work.
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Old 10-01-05, 10:44 AM   #7
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I studied journalism. I've worked in journalism. And now I'm so sick of the news that I think I need a news fast--just a complete respite from journalists scouring the globe to find bad news and stick it in front of your face. I think I'll take the next few months off, and if I like it, it could become a lifetime plan.

Does anyone else feel this way?
Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd like to think there's more good news out there than bad. It's just the bad news is all they make an effort to showcase most of the time. When I do catch the news(TV), maybe once every couple weeks, I can't help but think I've heard it all before. Oh, and I have a stack of local newspapers on my coffee table I haven't read. They're either free or a leftover subcription from previous owners of the house. They'll probably end up being recycled before I read them. I just don't feel like I have time to read/watch much news and I don't even really do anything aside from work/eat/sleep/play on the internet. If it's something really important(hurricane, etc.) you usually can't help but find out about it, by word of mouth, at least.
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