Switching off

The only television I sit down and watch, apart from the occasional sports game, is the news. So much of it these days is especially bad news, but some would say I am getting older, so I just see it that way, and with that I would not agree. One should see what’s happening in Europe, the UK, and especially the United States of America, and the Middle East, and almost everywhere else for that matter. I have found news about the United States especially acerbating. Therefore, I decided to switch off the television for a month or longer. In times like these, I need the simple pleasures to keep positive. In my ‘island’ away from the world, it only makes sense to maintain its peacefulness and not let the world in. But I felt it: what is happening throughout the world is terrible indeed. For me, I have a choice to switch off from it all for a while. And that I am doing. I have found the break very soothing so far. My alarm clock is set for January. Wake me up then. I will sleep through the alarm clock.

Tell a story

I know there is a lot of bad news about, but if you turn on the television news, you’ll get some more. While there is a dearth of good television broadcasting, I am, strangely enough, watching the news more than ever. That is the current events. There is one channel I like, but the other one I don’t that much. While watching that one, I noticed a hidden niche for writers that hasn’t been tapped into that much. While the presenters weren’t telling us about how bad shape America is, they were recycling people’s dirty laundry. I saw the potential for a competitor — positive stories, done with charm and imagination. I know that half the world is in bad shape–but there has got to some good despite the dross? Do something differently positive to the latest fall from grace of a politician.

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Media today

Is a product filling your media needs? Do you even have media needs, but still peruse the newspapers and websites for the latest piece of information? Me personally, I have media needs now. I want to know what’s going with the biggest story of the day: Covid-19. But even when I don’t have a big need for media, I’m still curious. The media is everywhere and provide the most seductive stories for good or ill. The Covid-19 stories are naturally seductive as this effects all of us. I’m finding the Covid-19 stories quite informative and interesting as well. I’m not trying to gauge the big picture, but gathering day-by-day the information that I need. With this issue, the media has been helpful and informative for me — while at other times it may not — and for everyone because we need to be up to date on this issue, for our safety and security. However, it can become too much when I get “depressed” by Covid-19 stories, so I tend to take a break then and keep my media to a minimum. In the end, I am only engaging the essential information, on an issue I need to know about. This is one time I need the media and want to know more, but must keep a check on when the negative creeps back in.