Skip to main content

News – News - News?

Today I heard that another 24 hours news station is going to be opening. What is this obsession we have with other people’s news? Are news channels the ultimate gossip chain, no longer do we have to rely on the grape vine of disrupted fact, now we have people who can report form the scene.


But what has happened to the real news, the news that is of significance for more than a day to two or at best a week. When was the last time you saw an item on the news that was taking the world forward. Solving a real problem, preventing multiple deaths of fauna, floral or people (I think we are fauna).


Take global warming, the green movement or save the planet for example, who is doing anything besides producing documentaries and movies. When was the last time you heard about even a celeb installing solar power for their house, or how a real person actually did something to save the world on a news channel? And when was the last time anyone took action because of news?


The biggest effect this news has had is in promoting people who love the attention, a number of serial killers have admitted that being on the news was a part of the reason they did it.


I, for one have stopped watching news, and the funny thing is I still hear the news that is of more than local concern. Then I normally wait for the hype to die down and either read online commentary (internet or TV text type) or buy a weekly, and get a proper story. The only side affect this has had on my life, is that people say I always see the glass half full (you would not think so after all this ranting would you). And in fact the real reason I stopped listening to the news was in an effort to strip negativity out of my life, and taking news out of my life was part of the negativity.


Okay so now I have to admit that there is something good about all these news channels. It provides honest work (whatever that is) to all the people that have to work the 3 shifts to generate all the stuff they are going to air.


My suggestion to those who love news is start thinking about why. Rather let us hear news about how various scientists have found this, or had a break through on that or how an artist has found a dramatic way of creating passion in the people who are looking at their art, or how some teacher has motivated a group of people to turn their lives round (and it is not a movie), or how a social worker helped a person going down the path of crime to become a public servant. I am sure these stories are out there.


Let say in my fantasy world this happened do you know what, this would help the struggling academics, the artists, the social workers, and all people really changing the world. And the best thing is that it would still need those same 3 shifts of people.


By the was I know of a local web site www.sagoodnews.co.za that seems to find them, and the site is climbing in the rankings. 



PS The plethoria of news may explain the popularity of the onion, which is fictitious news.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

POST as form using C# to Pay Provider

The Remote Post Form class I have used the code for the jigar site and added my own goodies, so all credit to him. Sorry about the flast formating but is the only way I could get a neatish post using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Web; using System.Security.Cryptography; /// <summary> /// Remotely handle and Post form from http://www.jigar.net/articles/viewhtmlcontent78.aspx%20 /// </summary> public class RemotePost { private System.Collections.Specialized.NameValueCollection Inputs = new System.Collections.Specialized.NameValueCollection(); public string Url; public string Method; public string FormName; public RemotePost(string pURL) { // // TODO: Add constructor logic here // Url = pURL; Method = "post"; FormName = "frmRemotePost"; }   public void Add(string name, string value) { Inputs.Add(name, value); } public void

Fixing winmail.dat problem - specifically in Quickbooks

For months we have had problems with attachments from Quickbooks. Having looked down many avenues I think we have found a fix or few: (See below for update) Here are a few websites that help out: Microsoft Outlook/Exchange MS-TNEF handling (aka "Winmail.dat", "Win.dat", or "Part 1.2" problem of unopenable email attachments) http://news.office-watch.com/t/n.aspx?a=716 KB958012 : When you use Outlook 2007 to send an e-mail message, the recipient of the message sees an attachment that is called Winmail.dat Essentially the summary is that there is a problem with Outlook trying to force Rich Text Format. so you need to turn that off. Mail users not receiving email in an Outlook derivative will have a problem. This format is called So: Go into Outlook On the "Tools" menu, click "Options", then click the "Mail Format" tab, and then the "Internet Format" button. Set "When sending Outlook Ri

Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency – what is it and how can I benefit

What is it I started investigating Bitcoin when it was worth just over $1000 a bitcoin. I was interested in what it was and how it worked. A lot of people are saying we missed the boat, but I believe that everyone should at least try put a little money in now, or at least use a faucet (see below) to make a little micro-currency. You can read a Wiki article about bitcoin and its history etc. But what you need to know is that it is a currency, that is independent of country. No one really knows who invented the concept of a cryptocurrency since the person who published the paper used a nom de plume. All new cryptocurrencies work more or less the same way as Bitcoin. So as I explain below I interchange these terms. Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency. How Bitcoin works The currency releases a coin based on a mathematical formula. There will never be more than 21 million bitcoins (other cryptocurrencies do not work like this). Each bitcoin can have divided into one hundred mil