Poll: Your Experience With News Media

Early this morning, I made a comment about a politician on the TV in the communal kitchen at my work place. The comment was nothing political and was (mostly) just a passing comment. One of my smart, middle-aged coworkers immediately responded to me, “Oh, I don’t watch the news. Every time I turn on the news it just makes me angry. I have better things to do with my time.”

She is completely correct in her assessment of the news. While this is understandable, the fact that it is so easy to relate to suggests that the news media has lost legitimacy in our eyes, among other things.

So I wanted to know, what happens when you engage with the news media? What emotions surface?


How Does Hearing/Seeing The News Make You Feel?

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Attraction and Unattraction

Looking to find a date but can’t seem to entice a potential mate? I’m sure you’ve seen all the ads that promise to make you a dude/chick magnet, to have the object of your desire so wrapped up in you that you have total dominion over them, and the SEX! Oh, how great the sex will be in these fictional worlds of your reproductive dominance. I promise you all these treasures and more, with the same earnestness and sincerity of all those disturbing programs that somehow keep resurfacing year after year after year.

Except, as you’ve probably come to expect from me, I’m going to break it down in a way that seems too simple to be true. But here’s my secret: what I’m about to tell you actually works.

What is attraction? What is this force that powers computers and governs our scientific laws? What is the fundamental understanding necessary to draw things toward yourself and to push things away within the same breath?

While I tend to come down on the side of science vs religion, one thing religion gets right is its ability to narrate abstraction in a way that is deeply and personally meaningful to us as individuals.