Is the News Newsworthy?

I appreciated this quote offered by Tim Challies from Neil Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death about the newsworthiness of news:

How often does it occur that information provided you on morning radio or television, or in the morning newspaper, causes you to alter your plans for the day, or to take some action you would not otherwise have taken, or provides some action you would not otherwise have taken, or provides insight into some problem you are required to solve? … Most of our daily news is inert, consisting of information that gives us something to talk about but cannot lead to any meaningful action. This fact is the principle legacy of the telegraph: By generating an abundance of irrelevant information, it dramatically altered what may be called the “information-action ratio.”

In this internet culture, there is no question that the same kind of consideration needs to be made in terms of what we consume from blogs. The RSS feed reader can be a great friend and sometimes a great enemy to actionable information. Not all blog posts are created equally.

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