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April 14, 2021

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KC

Much can be forgiven, stylistically, if the information is accurate and other sources aren't, but yes, that does sound annoying, and there are likely sources on a similar level of accuracy. (I get queasy most of the time with video, so TV news is not part of my life. Written - which also is easier then to fact-check! - is my jam, and has fewer stylistic annoyances to it...)

TheQueen

KC - interesting! Queasy with video? Like car sick queasy?

KC

Yep! If you've ever been in an IMAX that has a swooping-rapidly-through-canyons video portion, you may be familiar with the sensation, except I can get it from 2" by 1" car ads on the internet (for which reason I block just about everything that moves with a combination of script blockers and turning off gifs).

That said, talking heads, if they never move, the camera never moves, and if they never swapped to a video of an event, might be fine; it's mostly "something moving on the screen" that makes it bad.

But also I hate the urgency of the news; thank you, I feel adequately strongly about the facts as-is, no need to stress me out about them. (and then sometimes they're stressing you out without the facts *actually* being all that dire or whatever and I hate-hate-hate that)(and the utter lack of perspective and the way the crowded news cycle does not allow for sustained activity or sustained perturbation at a problem; with most of these things, we can't fix them within 24 hours, and if we've forgotten about them in a week because of a batch of new tragedies/outrages, then we're unlikely to, say, make personal changes or volunteer to get out the vote or do really just about any action item that isn't immediate. If we boycott a company for 24 hours and then forget and start buying again while we're sending in the urgent internet petition for the next thing or yelling about the next outrage, the company probably does not care about that 24 hours...)

TheQueen

KC - I know someone who gets nauseated at all 3D movies. I can relate to the canyon sweeping, but I do as they advise, look off to the side to get grounded for a moment. And yes, I pine for pre-Cronkite days when news was objective.

KC

I mean, news is always going to be *somewhat* subjective because: humans, and we have opinions about things, and those opinions shape how we present and filter the same sets of facts.

BUT THIS IS NUTS. The "MSM is always lying" people are sorely deceived; there's (usually) a difference between an urgent, stressful presentation of a story vs. actual straight-up lying, but we don't need the bonus cortisol, really, that this provides.

TheQueen

KC - supposedly there was once upon a time when the news reported facts, just facts. My mom told me that was the standard when she went to Journalism school.

KC

That is the theoretical standard that was aimed for once upon a time, and which is still bruited about, but the journalism industry has not succeeded in that as far as I am aware within recorded history. (I can refer you to things on newspapers in the early 1900s and their facts/ethics and what they chose to put in, leave out, or... well, sort of... embellish.)

History used to be an "objective" discipline as well until people looked at it and went "uh; this is not objective; everyone is slanting things based on where they're coming from and what they want to see" and started trying to both 1. state biases and 2. reduce them - so I assume that journalism just hasn't quite gotten there yet, for good financial reason.

At any rate, something that is at least attempting to report facts, as opposed to something whose author says that no sane person could believe it: there is an important difference. Even if they're both annoyingly dramatic about it, or repetitive and redundant and continually repeating themselves...

TheQueen

KC - If I had any self control I would just go to the AP and Reuters web sites and get all my news from them.

KC

That sounds very smart, actually. Where does self-control come in?

TheQueen

KC - I’m sucked in by the 24 hour news cycle. It’s in all the time. I should just turn off the television.

KC

Yep! Turn it off and just check AP once or twice a day; I bet you'll live longer and be approximately as informed. :-) Good luck!

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