Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dealing with My Lack of Outrage.

It is difficult for me to get indignant anymore.

I'm not sure why. I think I have eco-global-9/11 overload. Nothing bothers me.
  • Landfills full? Who cares.
  • New war in Iran/q/Korea? Yaaaawn.
  • Melting glaciers? Call me when the water rises.
The probable cause of this burnout? Too damn much news. Too many cable news networks with too many "rise up, the sky is falling stories."

When I was a kid, yea, every once in a while a Cuban missile crisis would come along, we'd build a couple of fall out shelters and practice crouching under our desks, or march single file into the school basement. No biggee. Just a nuke or two from Khrushchev. Piece a cake.

Now, with the 24/7/365 news cycle we get a new indignator every day -- and I for one have had it.

So, listen up fear mongers. You pitchmen of panic.

I'm off to the beach. With no TV.


nemajo said...

So true.. I'm with ya!

Just think, 100 years ago, there were people who lived in small communities who never knew anything other than what happened withing 5 miles of where they lived.

How nice that must have been.

Jake Good said...

RIP Billy Mays...

Francis Shivone said...

Thanks nemajo,

And Jake, yea he was one of the good guys. He will be missed. I read his bio last year on Wikipedia. Great story of going from boardwalk pitchman to TV's #1.