News Vs. Shock Media — Or, Don’t Get Me Started

Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  The views expressed in this post are based on personal observations and printed matter for the general reader. A separate post on this topic appears on Facebook. If you keep track of current events, I hope you’ve given some thought to the distinction between journalism and gossip that just panders to the public’s voyeurism. Last night I was in a supermarket checkout line, thinking maybe I should have chosen a different checkstand.  Clearly, the retail grocery counterpart to Inspector Clouseau was failing at his attempt to pull up totals on the cash … Continue reading News Vs. Shock Media — Or, Don’t Get Me Started

Read More Than the Bold Print

This morning I read an article on the Bay Area Reporter’s site which serves as an example of why we must read news and historical accounts carefully.  The article in question concerns LGBT history, and there are many gray areas challenging the optimistic sounding intro. If someone reads only the bold print and first sentence of this item, that person may believe the United Kingdom has been way ahead of the United States on gay men’s rights consistently for fifty years.  It isn’t that simple, though. I suspect people who read carefully have always been in the minority.  That has gotten … Continue reading Read More Than the Bold Print