Sunday, December 07, 2008

Press; Personality, Opinion, and Profits Top Ten most ridiculous news stories copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. Throughout America, the sun rises, sleepy souls awaken, and people turn to the media of choice. Millions move towards the radio. More power-up the television. Countless persons do as their parents did before them; they pickup newspapers, which lie in wait on the porch. People want to know what is the news across the nation, or at least they did just a short time ago. Today, perhaps surprisingly, most forms of media have far less appeal than they had just a few years ago. The ethnic press is still productive. What Wall Street classifies as "hyper-localism" appeals to the masses. It seems what survives and thrives in the press is personality and opinion. Unadulterated accounts are not of interest to those who think them selves highly informed. In survey after survey, Americans state they know their community and are very familiar with happenings in this country. They watch television. The public listens to the radio. People in this country read. Yet, indeed, the evidence demonstrates despite a wealth of information accessible to most, if not all, citizens of this country grow increasingly ignorant, unaware of more than what a popular program or a chosen channel wishes to air. No matter the age of the audience, according to The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Americans know far less now than they did in 1989. In recent times, a Presidential Election, consumed the constituency for near two years. Yet, the electorate, who thought themselves actively engaged, actually knew less about politics than they had in decades past. Those who reside in the United States correctly speak of the incredible transformation; however, they do not wish to acknowledge Americans have been dumbed down. Sure, people may...
How Did I Let This Happen? copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. As the calendar pages were torn away, with few left to view before the New Year, she would ask herself, "How did I let this happen?" She knew. Yet, she did not wish to speak to what had occurred. It was easier, more socially acceptable to assume that she just overate. Thus, she would look at her body and study the bulges. There were more lumps and bumps than there had been before. As the months passed, her bulk increased. She could just as well have watched her frame dwindle to nothingness and asked the same question. However, were she to be thinner the thought might not have occurred to her. As many are, she would have been blissful to be skinny. That definition was not hers to hold. This woman was fat. Embarrassed, disappointed in herself, this daughter of Eve inquired of what, for all of her life, seemed to be the inevitable. "How could I have let this happen again?" She dieted in the past. She did well, often. During the lean times, the foods once inhaled and the drinks she imbibed were healthier. Then, sooner, or later, she would return to her old habits. Fodder for her was fun. It filled her soul or seemed to for a while. Frequently, as another year closed and the thoughts of what might be overwhelmed her she would evaluate her expanse. Once more, the query gnawed at her very being. "Why; why had she not maintained her healthy weight?" The answer seemed obvious, at least to others. She too accepted what most believed to be true. She ate herself into oblivion. Food was her addiction of choice. She reflected on the past. There it was, her problem. It was easy to understand why...

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