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CNN runs "this is CNN the worldwide leader in news" across the screen every few minutes or so.

It's as though there is so little notable things going on in the world that we need to be alerted to these things. News has become just another form of entertainment.

Marcie Judelson

Ah yes, so true. And I think they call it "INFOtainment".

Tim Coote

You are such a good writer (seriously).

Marcie Judelson

Wow, Tim, THANK YOU. That means a lot. Now, you wouldn't happen to know of any Copywriter jobs in SF??

By the way, that same post was the "Editor's Pick" on OpenSalon.com a few weeks ago (http://open.salon.com/blog/marcie_j)...I was too thrilled for words. These are big moments in the life of a sporadic, unpaid blogger!

Tim Coote

Hey, no problem. I, too know the life of the sporadic and unpaid, so keep it up for all of us.

Marcie Judelson

I'm trying!! Please email me when you have a moment and tell me what you've been up to.

Tim Coote

Hey, will do!

I'm busy as all hell but I think my writing is probably going to stay pretty marginal considering I just wrote a piece about testicle torsion (it might interest someone out there, right?).


There's a simple reason for all the distraction on everyone's TV screen: to SELL us something. I would conclude that it's something that we don't need. And it's not just on our TVs. This bombardment of visual and textual information along with our daily multi-tasking lives is conditioning us into a new behavior that seems to reinforce an A.D.D. lifestyle. Think about it, we have smart phones that go with us everywhere, connecting us to anything and distracting us from everything. You can't have a meaningful conversation without interruption from a call, a text or an email. It's funny, but it seems like it's a race to absorb as much information as possible in the shortest period of time in order to...what? What? What's the hurry? Where are we going that we are in such a hurry to arrive? Slow down. Breathe. Smell the roses. Put technology in its place and let's get our lives back. Sorry for the rant, but this subject could go on and on, but hopefully you get where this is going.

Marcie Judelson

I absolutely agree with you about the selling motive. And I also share a lot of your same thoughts/concerns about the Brave New World of technology. Oops, gotta go...a new email just came in.

Dennis Rode

In the latter point of you, this news about entertainment I think is a way to balance the good and bad news and especially the feelings that the viewers may have. But it's always up to the viewers where they want to focus into, but teasers I suppose is made to make viewers stay tuned for more, even if it's about Kim K's liposuction or whatever that comes in the lime light.

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