I don't watch the news any more.
There was a time when I used to watch the six o'clock news on RTE just to see Sharon, but since I dumped her I don't see the point any more. Every now and then I might watch it in the background, and last night was one of those occasions. All they seemed to want to tak about was this damned Olympic "scandal" that has something to do with tickets or ticket-touting or something. If the Olympics rate a 9 on the Richter Scale of boredom then this "news" is surely an 11 or 12.
This morning I opened up a couple of meeja sites and they were the same – more tedium about the Olympic rubbish and a half hearted mention of an earthquake in Italy.
The Indo didn't even bother with the earthquake and headlined more mind numbing shit about the Rio ticket touting. Their other articles concentrated on some scumbag who was beaten up in Dublin and something someone said on the Rose of Tralee thing, like I give a shit.
Further down there was a shock horror article about a plane making an emergency landing which turned out to be absolutely nothing, and earth shattering headlines such as "New mum says employer's failure to facilitate breastfeeding is 'shameful'" and "Moment firefighters thrown from boat during sea rescue in Jersey" [they got straight back in].
The latter article is a perfect illustration of the way the meeja has gone these days – just scrape Farcebook or YouTube and there's your story. Gone are the days of the cub reporter rushing out, notebook in hand to report on the latest news. Now it's an office full of interns trawling Farcebook, Twitter and YouTube in search of the "amazing", "startling" or "Must See".
The only pieces that seem to have any value at all these days are the opinion pieces, but these are basically blog posts in print. And that is the bottom line. The Interweb has taken over. If you want the up to date stuff that isn't biased then do your own trawling of the Interweb.
All the stuff is irrelevant anyway. What care I if a woman in America decides to kill her baby by bunging it in the fridge? Why should I give a flying shite if Clinton's emails are to be published before the election? Some of those items are nasty, but then the world is a nasty place at times [and I don’t need to be reminded of the fact]. Other items are just plain 'so what?'.
Now if the mountain behind me decided to be a volcano and to erupt and there was lava flowing in my direction I might want to know about it.
But I think I would probably know before the meeja anyway?