Jakke’s post got me thinking and now I’m going to tell you something that will make you lose all respect for me. I don’t watch the news. I don’t.
I read ABC and The Guardian. I read blogs, I read technical reports and library services. I watch Q&A and Media Watch and occasionally Four Corners but I don’t watch the news because after a day of reading, writing and responding to these issues if you think I am going to spend my down time watching 5 minute rehash of something I sweated over, caffeinated myself for and occasionally cried over you obviously haven’t seen me throw the remote at the tv in a fit of rage and sulk for twenty minutes because they misconstrued something in a minor way.
Bolded for vigourous agreement - this is pretty much exactly how I feel.
I read the Globe and Mail, CBC, Slate, and occasionally the BBC. (And also of course the blogs.) Generally watching the same stories presented in another medim with shorter soundbites and less background information doesn’t feel particularly enriching. I promise I don’t get all my news from my tumblr dashboard.
There was a point last year when i realised, after sitting at home with twitter open all day, watching the midday news on the ABC, question time in the afternoon, then listening to the couple of “politics check ins” on radio in the arvo, there wasn’t really that much need to watch the news itself. What’s more, it was actually incredibly frustrating to watch when the government had a good day in question time, everyone (yeah close enough) on twitter acknowledged that they were on top of the opposition, who very rarely had a good argument on anything (and at other times were more incompetent than i’ve ever seen in parliament), and then the ABC TV reporter would be spewing the same party line of the Murdoch press that, of course, bore only a passing semblance to reality.