I’ve been thinking of trying a news fast. I wouldn’t say that I am addicted to the news, at least not as much as I used to be. However, if I don’t watch at least a couple of hours of CBC Newsworld and CNN a day, I feel really out of touch. And honestly, there is very little in it that is all that important to me. But, as I started thinking about this news fast, it seemed a succession of interesting news stories occurred. First there was Hurricane Isabel, which weather forecasters say will come our way by Friday (at greatly reduced power, thankfully), then there was the vote on the definition of marriage in the House of Commons, and now there is the >vote on protecting gays and lesbians from hate speech, and goodness knows what next week will bring.
How can I unplug myself from all of this? I want to know what’s happening when it comes to important issues like these, but I don’t really care about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s run for California governor, or what an ex-aide of Shelia Copps did. I suppose I could stick to reading the CBC’s website, but it really isn’t that great. I couldn’t even find the story about the ex-aide. There’s got to be a happy medium. If I can figure it out, and go on my “news-reduced diet,” maybe I’ll try a TV fast next, or a video game news fast. The possibilities are just as endless as the useless sources of information.