A curious thing happened to me in the wake of all that big national news last week. I got tired of it.
Now, normally, I’m a news junky. I have notifications set on my phone. I have spent a lifetime wanting to be the first who knows something so that I can tell someone else. News is baked into my DNA. If you are reading these words, I suspect you are the same way.
That used to be a sustainable lifestyle. The newspaper came out once a day. Maybe you watched the nightly news on television. There was a news cycle and you were free to do the laundry or feed your cat or watch “The Price is Right” until the cycle came around to the top again.
That’s changed, as you know. I learned of the two police shootings (in Louisiana and Minnesota) via social media before I saw anything from a professional news source. The Facebook livestream of Mr. Castile’s death was particularly surreal given the videographer’s otherworldly calm during the event.
I worked the iPhone heavily in the wake of Dallas. I checked the Dallas Morning News site, which was largely pushing its own tweets in the early stages. But I also looked at my feeds on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to get the latest news. … Read the rest of this entry »