Since jumping off of social media, I have been reading more. Specifically, I have been reading books. In addition to revisiting the library, I resumed print subscriptions to The Washington Post and the Sunday New York Times. I still look at my fair share of news online, but there’s something really special, and a bit nostalgic, about reading the newspaper.
I was taken back the other day when someone commented, when I asked if she wanted part of my newspaper, that she doesn’t pay attention to the news. Call me judgmental, but I think failing to keep up with, or seemingly not care about, the news is not something to proudly state out loud. Now I’m not suggesting that other should or must read the paper, not am I talking about being, or becoming, a news junkie. Just be aware. If newspapers aren’t your thing, that’s cool. There are plenty of news outlets on TV and online.
I think consciously ignoring what’s going on locally, nationally, or globally, effectively eliminates your right to complain. I say this not simply as a punishment for being willing myopic and ignorant, but because any opinions expressed will have been developed purely by conjecture — not fact. Of course, it’s debatable just how much fact we actually get through the news, but that’s a subject for another post.