Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday - The letter N- News

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper, you're mis-informed." - Mark Twain

Jenny's assignment from, Off on my tangent, is the Letter N.
My post is all about the "News" a should we, or shouldn't we tell what we know?

"News told, rumors heard, truth implied, facts buried." - Toba Beta

Adding to his quote, often hurting people's lives, or businesses, and ample material for copycats.



How much, is too much, to be in the News?

Yesterday, someone shot somebody and the victim was airlifted from the place of discovery.  Although, the media announced where, (complete with a helicopter photo) which may not even be the actual helicopter) and no condition on the victim at this time.  The news also noted the victim's vehicle was discovered at a separate location and the occupant apprehended.

Curious minds can Google the whole story.  I won't be spreading this news, which could possibly damage new business where this victim was airlifted from. 

My question, doesn't it seem once the media announces, and especially when it over-saturates other hateful and vicious acts, (like news from Ferguson, Mo) does it fuel behaviors in others? Does it birth copycats or other lost individuals to act out in more violent manners as well?  

Sometimes, yes.

I was too little at the time to understand, but I recall my parents later telling me that our home state of Michigan was one of the first state's (maybe the only) to ban the movie, Bonnie and Clyde when it first came to town.  Michigan feared it would stir more outlaws.  Maybe my mindset about news stems from having been a Michigander.

Where do we draw the line for, "too much" news in the media?

Happy news, always delightful.  From Forth Worth, Texas, story here.

Artists and musicians in the news is always upbeat and rewarding. Info on photo here.

More worthy news below.

About this photo here.

Of course road construction news is always good news to know ahead of time.

You may remember last week I posted about something in the news.  Am I a hypocrite?  

I think not.  The very act of unearthing a bit of history in the news, especially relating to people from days long ago has to enhance us, right?  After all it preserves and honors what once was. It will forever strengthen our culture.

Please leave your thoughts on the News, in the comments.  For or against!


Leovi said...

Nice pictures, I love that kiss!

The Silver Fox said...

Love the building with the painting of Teena Marie on it.

Cloudia said...

News Flash: You are a great blogger!

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Karen S. said...

Cloudia you too! Thanks, and thank you for spreading the GOOD news too! Hehehehe!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I read the news today...

TexWisGirl said...

i only watch the evening news. i don't keep cnn on or anything like that. the repetition, the 'experts' brought in for commentary, it's all too much and too much sensationalism.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photo and love that kiss too ~ Great post and very contemplative one for N ~ Happy Weekend !

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

You put a lot into this - and it could give birth to a huge discussion! Old news is now one historical source; like all the others, it isn't always accurate. 'Truth' is relative. I think some items do encourage copy-cats - but you've gotta be a little sick to be a copy-cat and we can't live our entire lives worried about what some weirdo might do. News reporting can also be irresponsible. End - it's the weekend and time for a beer.

Pam Beers. said...

You bring up some good points about the news. It's usually depressing, never really accurate, and is always an invite to other wackos out there to do bad deeds.

There is so much good news out there. It's a shame that isn't brought to the front. I don't remember when the world has looked so bleak in the eyes of local and global news media.

AND I really don't give a horse pucky about Kim Kardashian's latest fashion statement.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

It's the job of the journalist to report the news as objectively as she can. Good or bad, wonderful or horrible. It does seem that mostly it's horrible we hear or read in the news, but that's what sells for the newspapers and newsstations, so they say. Fortunately we each have the mind to stop reading when we've had enough.

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Anita said...

We are all greatly disturbed with sad news everywhere, Karen.
Good news is most welcome, but it's unfortunate that sad, bad & mad things keep happening & media presents them... They are doing their job...

I am so disturbed, I shared a poem.
Pl do read. I am sure you'll like it:

Karen S. said...

Sorry for the loss of images for the moment, and information links, the Library of Congress is doing work on their web and it will be down until Sunday night!

Judie said...

Waaaa! I could only see one photo--the last one! I sometimes think that the media saturates the airways with stories so much that eventually we just tune it out.

Karen S. said...

Judie, they're back! Thank goodness!

darlin said...

Karen your first photo almost makes me want to find a husband ... sigh. (Key word is almost! lol)

Viki said...

I used to be a news junky. Now - not so much. Most of it seems to be speculation after speculation, especially the cable channels. It seems in our society today we have to know everything right away instead of waiting for the truth of what happened.