Today I made the mistake of scanning a long list of news headlines online. Normally I try and skim-read titles in the most efficient way possible. Meaning that I only mentally highlight the words relating directly to the subject I’m looking for, but this morning I was tired and seemed to be working at a reduced speed and some rouge headlines snuck in.
I know I should really be beating myself up for paying less attention to the world around me on an average day rather than upset with the little dose of today’s news I received. But upset I am. Not only were there the expected deluge of miserable bulletins, sensationalist coverage of issues that underpin our society and the overwhelming feeling that things were going to shit, but there was also a liberal sprinkling of faux-news-with-a-feel-good-factor.
This is the ‘news’ I hate most of all. This is the news that haunts me because it blatantly isn’t news and yet it masquerades as such. This fluff is constantly reminding us if that celeb related drivelling or coverage of the breaking news that ‘people like cups of tea’ are the best topics of conversation or debate we can come up with as a nation, things have indeed all gone to shit. And worst of all I feel that I somehow contribute to it.