know the news.

31 Mar

I’m always amazed when I bring up a general news story with a buddy and he has no clue what I’m talking about. It’s important that you have a cursory overview of the latest happenings on your planet from some source other than Stewart/Colbert, SNL, or, gasp, Rush. Hear me on this, I’m not talking about a page 4 story on the minutia of global politics. I’m talking about the basics:

“President signs [whatever] into law”
“Country A is talking smack about Country B”
“A Cure for [whatever] is found!”

Here is what doesn’t count towards your news quota:

“[Famous person] is dead.”
“Your team won!”
Any teaser during [insert cop or reality show] that prompts you to watch local news…
“Is your house killing you? Find out at 11.”
“You probably have cancer! Find out at 11.”

Here are some good places to get your news:
Newser It’s a great news aggregator that displays top headlines throughout the day and allows you to turn off the Paris Hilton type nonsense.

-RSS Feeds – Subscribe to some of your favorite news sites via an RSS reader. My favorite is Google Reader. There are a zillion of them out there. I’m not going to teach you how to use a computer.

TIME Magazine – I’d suggest getting the physical copy and not the online version. It’s better. Now, people may get pissy about the lefty politics of this reference. Quit it. The point is, TIME delivers a great, quick, overview to your mailbox every week. Yes, it’s a little liberal, but watch 5 minutes of FOX News for every one magazine you receive and you’ll be “Fair and Balanced”.

-The newspaper

6 Responses to “know the news.”

  1. jamesjkaufholz 31 March 2010 at 9:28 am #

    There is nothing worse than the shame that comes with not knowing what’s going on. Once again, great post.

  2. Cassie 2 June 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    Stumbled across your blog and wanted to give you some props. I don’t normally use words like ‘props,’ but I clicked through and read a dozen of your posts. Very entertaining and inspiring. I’m sharing you with some of my male friends who could use some of your wisdom!

    • theboywhofoundfear 2 June 2010 at 3:17 pm #

      Cassie’s right, great blog! def going in my blogroll!

  3. Brian 2 July 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    I take it you’re not a FOX fan 😉 Awesome blog though, I just read the entire thing. Not sure how “grown man” of me that was though.


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