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Ways you acquire news other than by watching tv.

October 8, 2008

Much has been made about this exchange between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and CBS anchor Katie Couric.

Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

While the the content of the answer can’t be disputed, how you interpret this answer often depends on your political leanings. Some say she was trapped by a gotcha question because she couldn’t say certain titles without being painted as an extremist. People on the other side of the argument say that her inability to name specific periodicals was far from a calculated decision, but because she simply didn’t know any. Either way I don’t care, but it did make me wonder about how other people gathered their news. If it is anything like my process then we are in deep trouble: Read the rest of this entry »


Ways I should spend my birthday.

August 3, 2008

My birthday is coming up this week and I have absolutely nothing planned for it yet. Not because of a lack of friends (I don’t think) but because I haven’t really given it much thought at all. Having my newly found sense of Internet adventure, I have decided to leave it up to you what I will do on my birthday. I will choose from one of the thousands (less than 10) of suggestions from my legions of friends (also less than 10) to determine my itinerary. Up until now these were the possible choices: Read the rest of this entry »

Of your guiltiest guilty pleasures.

June 27, 2008

Recently I had a discussion with one of my friends about this page. She suggested “You should change your blog to List and Describe 5 things if that is what you want,” which brought up a good point I have yet to address. This is a totally interactive site so you are allowed to answer however you want, including simply listing 5 items; however, what will truly differentiate your answer from others is the personal stories behind them. Why do you feel that way? What made you choose that certain thing? Obviously, my entries will be a little longer than most, and not everyone will feel the need to open up quite as much. It doesn’t matter. Make your list however you are compelled to, since it is yours not mine. Speaking of which…

Wikipedia defines a guilty pleasure as “something one considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it,” which means that this must be the definition (Wikipedia is infallible after all). So here are mine:

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