Do you feel that you're really missing something if you don't watch the news?

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    We'll yes of course , i like to know whats going on in the world after all i do live in it.


    Years ago I lived in Boston. Are you familiar with where Mass. Ave crosses over Marlborough St.?

    yes very well there was a blues club their can't remember the name off hand.

    YES, And you are. The world is changing hourly. You should know whats going on around you.

    doom and gloom

    ed shank

    Your right, but it affects us all.

    yes I do

    I do ,so that is why i set my home page to ninemsm.That way i can always see what is going on.


    pythonlover, what are you doing up so late??

    I do, but in reality the news causes me stress and anxiety.  I often thought how at ease I would be if I was not reminded of the drop in the stock market or the crimes in our streets.  I am sure I would feel a lot better about my country as well.  Think about it.

    I'm missing something if I watch the news or not, but that's for another question!  
    Yes, I do feel like I'm missing out when I don't watch the TV news, read a magazine or newspaper, or listen to the radio.  It's frustrating and discouraging most of the time; I got that going on quite often without adding the news.....yikes.

    I think Im a creature of habit, I don't always have the opportunity, but whenever I can (like now) sit in bed with my coffee and a cigarette, switch news channels between the one that I like and the one that has a more detailed weather report. I feel a bit deprived when someones mentions a news item and I haven't seen it.


    You be careful about smoking in bed, lambshank! Don't be falling asleep til all the smoke's gone.

    Ilike to know whats going on in the world

    Ed Shank asked me, "How do react when an unpopular issue comes up in Congress?" " How do you know to call your local representative and state your opinion on a specific issue? Sticking your head in the sand is not the answer."

    I stay in touch with my elected officials. I check their websites to see what they are up to. I send them e-mails about the issues I want to give my opinion on. The media has never covered this issue as addressed in the letter below. The media does not care as far as I can tell.  To just rely on what your local news broadcaster covers is in my opinion "sticking your head in the sand" if you never look beyond the TV set. 




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    Member of Congress

    No, news is too controlled. You'll never get true reporting from the so called news channels on TV. They are all about ratings and little about actual issues. Not missing much if you don't watch it. 

    ed shank

    All media is ratings oriented. How do you decide who to vote for? How do react when an unpopular issue comes up in Congress? How do you know to call your local representative and state your opinion on a specific issue? Sticking your head in the sand is not the answer. I do understand your distrust for the media, but what other way are you going to know what's going to impact you and everyone else's life?

    The internet. No commercial TV. My congressmen and Senators and such have my e-mail address. I hear from them there. Did you know you can just sign up from e-mail alerts from most any town or state official?

    There is more truth on the internet because government hasn't found a way to control it yet.

    No Ed, my head is not in the sand. I am up to date with all issues. TV news is like watching some little kid show. All fluff with little fodder.

    Yes we both watch the news everyday I speak to people and ask them did they see the news and they never have it as its depressing so we dont put it on me thats bury your head in the sand!! very weird .......I aslo think that it is a way of communicating to other people

    Bob/PKB, thanks for the concern but no chance of falling asleep, too busy listening for my non smoking,non approving husband !

    i love the news!!! i like public radio and democracy and pbs newshour and nightly news with brian williams.  i love news!!  but if i miss it, i figure if its really important it will be on the radio or in a magazine later.

    OKwe are talking about the news can any one above see your President Obarma in Australia i watch NBCevery morning before my local news and there was no mention of him at all, in fact very, very little overseas news at all, if this is true you certainly are missing somethng.

    Fox news is on almost all day in my house as a background noise then if something happens that I need to know I will.

    Myself, yeah...I like to know what's going on in the world around me!

    In a word NO

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