I tend to watch the local news on TV, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth it. The same old commercials, repeated ad nauseum; the same lame stories, re-told in an effort to rile people up.
I can hear the newsroom talk now:
Mgr: “Look, we’ve got them watching the same commercials 3 or 4 times in the space of an hour. Surely we can do better than that.”Newsreader: “Well, it’s a slow news day. Perhaps we could just repeat the news from yesterday, or at least a story or two.”Mgr: “Good idea. We’ll give them double the commercials and half the news. They’ll probably never notice.”Newsreader: “Ya, and on the morning news, we could just highlight the stories in the local paper. The audience won’t even realize that they’re sitting on the couch reading the same thing in their own daily paper.”
I don’t know. Maybe I’m just watching/reading/listening to too much local news these days. Perhaps it’s time to ignore it for a while.