A week on vacation without the news is a happy one. Sure, I was aware of Hurricane Wilma and Scooter Libby’s indictment, but for the most part, I disconnected from the world last week.
During a blizzard a few years back – while caught at the Salt Lake City International Airport – I ran into a businessman who expressed extreme joy that he never read or watched the news. Mr. Businessman said his life was happy ever since.
Being a news editor at an Arizona newspaper at the time, I thought he was crazy. How can you ignore what’s happening in the world around you? On the other hand, the news can be depress some people to the point of feeling paralyzed.
And yet we need the tools news provides just to survive in this crazy society. Just read this New York Times Magazine article on how the pension system in this country is falling apart. Parents, adjust your planning now. Or read about the condition of schools or the environment or how to fund college ….
So while I sometimes hate plugging in, I don’t see how any of us can avoid the pitfalls of today’s society without paying full attention to the news. Forget the sensational stuff that makes it on to TV; focus on high-quality news sources and read up about things that matter to you and your family.
Besides, what better way to scare yourself Halloween-style year-round?