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A Strict News Diet

Posted at 5:20 AM on June 1, 2009 by Dale Connelly (20 Comments)

Today is Minnesota Supreme Court Oral Argument Day as the Franken - Coleman Circus sets up in St. Paul. Every point made under the big top and especially every question asked by a justice will be analyzed in the tiniest detail to try to determine how the court will eventually decide, because the outcome of this case will have ramifications for the balance of power in Washington D.C..
Also, it will be nice for the people of Minnesota to have full representation. Someday.

Oh, and General Motors will declare bankruptcy today. Just an ordinary Monday.

The oral arguments at the Minnesota Supreme Court will start at 9.
The statement by President Obama regarding General Motors will be happening around noon. Of course you'll have the opportunity to listen to both events, but is it worth it to be THAT up to date on things? How often do you follow a story, live, through the 24-hour news cycle?

Aside from getting the results on election night, it has been years since I've been so engaged by a story that I couldn't let a few hours pass to hear about the next development. I admit I'm going to miss the enforced discipline of waiting for a newspaper to slap against the front door to find out what is going on in the world, but it appears we are destined for full immersion in a stream of news and instant analysis that never ends.

Even if you aren't following the story du jour, chances are good that someone who is following it will be unable to resist the temptation to fill you in. That's why sometimes I simply have to stick my fingers in my ears and sing "la la la la la la la." That's what I learned from the O.J. trial. It's a technique that causes headline-sharing people to step back a bit. On a news-rich day like this one, that can be a blessing.

How do you manage your news diet?

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