Wednesday, April 10, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: I is for Information



Let the record show, your honor, that I have been a news junkie my whole life. Even before I really understood the world, I had a firm grasp of the fact that there was an ocean of info spread out before me on any given day -- a virtual smorgasbord of who, what, when, and where for me to drink up or pass by. 

As a younger member of society, I rarely passed it by. In fact, I kept encyclopedias in my bedroom for light reading. I was an info sponge.

In light of the explosion of social media, and the readily available access to any and all news sites, you'd think that I would be SMACK dab in the middle of my dream scenario.

Nope. Too much of a good thing just turned into too much of a bad thing.

News isn't news anymore, events are orchestrated, the irrelevant details of politicians' lives are fair game (as opposed to their actual value to the population they represent),  and history is being re-written, but in hindsight. Most of us were pretty much aware of good historical events versus bad; our educations weren't that lacking. Give us some credit. Don't school me.

Sickened by the onslaught of arguing, lying, posing, fabricating, and just trash that bombards us all daily, I've done an abrupt turn around. With no other answer for the personality change, I have to assume it's my age. After all, there's a brand new generation out there that stays glued to the screen of a cellphone for all their news or fake news, depending on your leanings. 

They must know something I don't...or... 

  • If you'd rather turn off the news than listen to the garbage dump...
  • If you have almost sworn off voting for ANYONE...
  • If you go completely mental if someone quotes a Kardashian... 
YOU I MIGHT BE A GEEZER.

No news just might be good news. Or I might be playing right into "the man's" hand. I don't care. I think I'll learn to crochet.



Check out some of the fine bloggers participating this month's challenge by 
accessing the master list on the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge website.


19 comments:

  1. I have a cousin who decided he'd read the World Book Encyclopedia while he was in the bathroom. He made it through all the volumes, too, although I think he must have skimmed some of the articles.

    We don't watch the news. So little of it affects us, anyway.

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  2. Not a news watcher unless it has something to do with my immediate area. Generally not even a TV watcher and who gives a CXXp about the K's?

    Janet’s Smiles

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    1. Who, indeed? I despised reality TV and for the life of me, I can't understand why anyone ever watched it.

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  3. That post is my life- particularly the encyclopedias and my last 6 months! Between the two of us, we can drive them ALL crazy!

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    1. Amen, and it sounds like a challenge, Chris! I'm in!

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  4. I used to read the dictionary. I thought I was the only one until I mentioned to a girl that we should have a conversation. She just grinned and said 'I read the dictionary too'.

    3. association or social intercourse; intimate acquaintance.

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    1. Lol...you are fast becoming one of my favorite people.

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  5. I have a liking for history and encyclopedias so much information

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    1. Yep! I need new encyclopedias to divert my attention.

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  6. What a great A-Z topic! And yeah, I'm a geezer.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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  7. You're absolutely right: news isn't news anymore. It's commentary.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It's not even good commentary, either. Meh.

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  8. So if the Kardashians were real people, would this mean Kloe is Hitler? Is that Kloe or whatever, I don’t know the names except for Kim and the dumb dumb Kanye. Edward R Murrow and Walter Cronkite must be spinning in their graves

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    1. LOL...no one is Hitler and that's why I get irritated when his name is brought up in the news...which it has been, quite a bit! Crazy folks out there, Birgit.

      I have a friend who was a career journalists who states confidently that journalism has officially died. Sad.

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  9. News is still valuable but you must priorize what you give your time, attention and thought to. As in other areas of life, we cannot just be mindless consumers.

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    1. Amen, amen, amen...but so many are just that. Consumers of flotsam and jetsam disguised as meaningful news.

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  10. Yup, I'm a geezer right along with you!

    DB McNicol, author
    Microfiction: Instrument

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo