Some of my friends don’t trust the media. Until last week, I didn't understand why.
I grew up in a household where the newspaper hit our front porch every morning and I devoured it – along with my oatmeal – every day before school. News gathering was as common a daily task to me as food gathering was for Cro-Magnon man.
How could anybody go about their daily lives ignoring the news?
Then, one morning last week, I turned on my computer and saw the news: a shortage of Eggo waffles.
While I tried to imagine a future where breakfast tables sat waffle-less, I was blindsided by another piece of news that will surely dampen the holiday spirit: canned pumpkin pie filling is in short supply.
I didn’t have to go scrounging to find this news, either. It was front and center on Yahoo – a site that averages 4 million visits per day.
Suddenly, I had an inkling as to why my friends are so anti-news: most of it is non-news.
As the hard copy newspaper goes the way of the woolly mammoth, we are forced to sift through the noise on the Web to find the hard news.
If it’s any indication of where our priorities lie, historians might look back on 2009 as the year the One Piece of Pumpkin Pie Rule was signed into law, and real news became extinct.
— Brad Marley