I may be addicted to 24/7 realtime coverage on the internet

The internet is useful for a variety of reasons but when I was in college it was primarily useful for the following reasons:

1.  Music / Movies (pirating)

2.  Porn

3.  e-mail

4. Research  (plagarism)

5.  News

I would say that these aren’t in any particular order, just what popped into my head.  Alright who am I kidding, 80 percent of the internet is adult content related material, and to quote Perry from Scrubs:

I’m fairly sure if they took porn off the internet, there’d only be one website left, and it’d be called “Bring back the porn!”

Ok all kidding aside – I think I have a problem with what has developed into the 24 hour constant news coverage.  It has become such a phenomenon that in order to keep up with the demand of the ever-breaking news story, the media invents stories, blows them out of proportion, beats dead horses, interviews the neighbor of the elementary school principal of the celebrity etc.  Hell, there are writers on ESPN that have a job solely to talk about Fantasy Sports.  (that is entirely another vice, and another topic.)

I’d say I notice it the most with mainstream news, and politics, but I’d be lying.  I can’t stand most of the news that is reported so I ignore most of it.  I notice it the most with sports.  I need to know the breaking story, up to the minute scoring, whats happening on the sideline, etc.   Actually, I thought that this was my only real hang up, and it was, until I started reading tech blogs.

If you notice on my links column to the right I highlight “Gizmodo” as the tech blog site.  Truth is I read many more, Engadget, Dvice, Cnet to name a few.  If there is a product coming out, and it is related to technology, chances are I’ve read about it.  The point of this entire post is because of “Macworld 2008” which happened yesterday.  Many of these sites were “live blogging” the event, which meant up to the minute pictures and information.  I found out that Apple was going to release their gorgeous new laptop the MacBook Air, minutes after everyone at the press release event did.  Was that necessary? not even a little bit.  Did I sit at my computer for 30 minutes hitting refresh? (actually the pages automatically refresh now) you know I did.  Like I said, I think I have a problem.

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