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Headliners—A Matter of News

Each week we gather at tables, on sofas, or lean back in bed and take note of headlines in the news. Whether dramatic or funny, people gather in the information and decide from that point how much they’re willing to invest in the facts and speculation they’ve just read.

This past week has—on Yahoo! News alone—kept many balls in the air while juggling subjects across the spectrum. The amazement comes from trying to assimilate all the information and decide how any/all/some of it affects the individual.

In a country where schools, parents, etc. are trying desperately to decrease the incidents of bullying among children, recognizing that our safety officers are actively displaying the behavior with impunity brings with it thoughts of 1984 to the max.

  • Minot, ND is underwater from the flooding of the Souris River. The damage estimates have yet to be firmed up for the town’s residents. This is another example of this year’s crazy weather’s aftermath. This is especially true when taken in light of the expanding drought throughout the south. That drought situation was in evidence throughout the Southwest last winter, as well.


  • Venezuelan President Chavez is reported to be in critical condition in a Cuban hospital after emergency surgery. The situation, according to the report, has made an already shaky situation worse as the Venezuelan government deals with an absentee president who may or may not have cancer.


  • A bus-sized asteroid is slated to make a near-miss pass of the Earth on Monday. The estimate is that it won’t come as close as the much bigger one that whizzed by us in February. If this one dips a bit closer than expected, it would burn up on entry and create no problems for us. So say the scientists tracking it.


  • On a lighter note, spinner sharks are now jumping over surfers in Florida. The event was billed as a new “spin” on “Jumping the Shark” of Fonz fame.


  • Clean-up workers dealing with the Amtrak crash site in Nevada fear they will find more bodies in the wreckage of the burned out cars. The National Safety Investigation Team has not yet given their report on the incident other than to say that the semi driver slammed on his brakes before doing a head-on into the fourth car of the train at the crossing. None have stated why they thought he missed seeing both the working signal lights and gates.


  • The organized hackers of LulzSec are disbanding permanently, according to reports. They released a statement that said little of great value other than the game was no longer fun. At least that was this reader’s take on it.

These examples are just a handful from the dozens released in the past few days on Yahoo! News.

All of us are affected by the first report of police activity currently in play. Some of us were affected by the LulzSec hacking jobs going on in the past month and a half. Few have to worry about sharks, but it was an interesting and fun report with video.

The point is that if this is a mere sampling of reports available in one sitting, how much news info do we take in during any given year and how much of that did we really need to know?

We live in the Information Age. We’ve been told that for many years now. The problem, as I see it, is that while we know this, we’ve been given no training as to how to filter all of that info into mental folders that have pertinence for us. Knowing a few trivial items is fun and a great game. But, how much is trivia and how much is necessary?

I haven’t figured it out. Each week I read reports on hundreds of subjects. Much of that has no impact on me other than as a worry factor. Some I can use as a writer. Some are fun. Still others can be ignored as irrelevant to me.

Humans are curious creatures who seem unable to turn away from any possible distraction. We appear to have become obsessed with the news. When a person stops to think of our counterpart year in the past century, the comparison is astounding. Back in 1911 much of the US still had no electricity, telephone service or spotty USPS delivery service. Gun slingers still existed out west. 

What a difference a century makes. Already there are rumors floating around that snail mail has become obsolete and may disappear in the very near future. Some industries, such as the American Textile Industry, are reported to be headed for the economic chopping block.

We stand on the crux of a major shift in our society; a crux which has been leaping, rather than inching, forward for the past thirty years. Our technology has outstripped our ability to keep up in a social or economic sense, and now we are faced with choices that for some may seem without merit in the long view.

We must choose what we deem important to our future and be able to justify those choices. Just as a shift in police procedure demands our attention, the impacts of the reasoning behind such allowances for those behaviors require additional scrutiny. Issues such as this one reflect who we are as a society and how we deal with others.

Each of us steps onto this roller coaster each day as soon as we turn to the media. What you decide about the news is your choice and your business. I’m just curious as to how you look at the issue. Drop a comment here and tell me how you see the world.

Until then, a bientot,






  1. June 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Clauds, I have a daughter who won’t watch the news anymore. She finds it too disturbing. Can’t say I blame her, though I feel the need to at least be aware of what is happening in the world.

    Sometimes — no — OFTEN I can’t get over what is considered “news,” and how it is presented. As you point out, we are in the information age. It can be overwhelming.

    When I think of the changes that took place in my grandparents’ lifetime, it is mind-boggling.

    Great post, Clauds. I love how you make us think out here.

    • June 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Sometimes, I wonder, Marie, whether knowing anything that goes on beyond my living room is of value other than as scare tactics on the part of those “in the know.” Other times I can laugh at the absurdity of the world and those who live on it.

      Six of one… and all that.

      I’m glad that you enjoyed my morning musings.


  2. July 24, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I like this web site its a master peace ! Glad I noticed this on google. “Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.” by Antisthenes.

    • claudsy
      July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Haywood. Feel free to come back anytime.

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