I have recently figured out that now that news is on 24/7, they are just there to manipulate and/or entertain us. It used to be that they were there to inform us and help protect us. I was obscessed with the news for the last nine years. So much was going on in the world that I thought if I missed a single minute of it I would miss something really important.
I would get so aggravated when people I worked around never watched any news. They could repeat certain sound bites, something that was said by someone trying to manipulate us, but didn’t know other important things that were going on. Those sound bites had their intended effect. It’s what helped to take Hillary down. People could quote every nasty comment ever made about her but didn’t really know all the good things she had done. Obama was lucky that he was fairly new on the scene. There was no time to plan and prepare for his demise.
The purpose of much of talk radio is the help create these sound bites and then they are picked up by the MSM. They understand that people are too busy with their lives to really check this stuff out. I’ve even heard some of those talk show hosts admit it. I was also too busy, but I didn’t want to just go on sound bites, so I tried to do my research. I tried to stay informed. Its’ really hard to find anything but BS. It’s a lot of work and it takes a toll on ya.
One of the reasons I created the Swamp, was to get away from it all. I feel so much better both physically and mentally, because I have kicked that news addiction. I still have my people on the Trail. (Trailmix) They can work through it all the BS for me, cut to the chase and save me the trouble of having to do it myself. After a year and a half of hanging with them, I trust them to find out what is important. Now I will just stick to the 30 minute network news, my local news and Trailmix. I think I’ll be OK now.
The Swamp is a group effort. We all still hang out on the Trail but know we sometimes need a healing break from the serious stuff.
This is the Swamp, on a glassy river afternoon
Coreen added some pictures of Fall in CT.