In this week’s podcast, The Chad takes on media hype and bias.
I will be the first to admit that I am a news junkie. One problem we have is that there is now 24 hour news coverage, which leads to stations grabbing onto whatever is necessary to fill those 24 hours. Another problem is that there are so many different news channels, in order to keep a viewer tuned in to a particular channel, that station has to create enough interest to hold on to a viewer. So, what’s a TV executive to do? Easy – create a panic. The Swine Flu stories are just the latest example of a media induced panic. While I agree that caution was/is needed, the absolute panic was ridiculous. Here in Wisconsin, schools were closing all over the state before we had a single confirmed case. This was, I believe, a result of hearing about the virus everywhere we turned; on the radio, the network news, the cable news. If one were to sit back, take a breath and think about it, the “regular” flu kills tens of thousands of people every year. Why do we not close schools then? Even my normally intelligent husband got caught up in the panic; he didn’t want me to get on a plane last week. Needless to say, I did get on the plane and I’m still here, healthy (relatively speaking) as always. I think it was irresponsible of the media to build this into something far more dire than it really was.
As far as media bias is concerned, I was going to post my thoughts on that particular subject, but time is short and my thoughts are not – I’ll save that for another day.
Enjoy the podcast!
Wanna hear a good rant on taxes? Take a listen…
I don’t have much to add – The Chad pretty much said exactly what many of us think. We are being taxed to death. Raising taxes in the current economy is one of the most fiscally irresponsible things that can be done. Higher taxes means less discretionary income means less spending means jobs lost means…well, you get the idea.
In this week’s podcast, the technological wizard opines about…well…technology! He gives his take on how technology has become a necessary fabric of our lives, yet can be unhealthy as well.
One thing that really hit home for me was becoming “unplugged”. As I’ve mentioned, I was on a retreat over the weekend, and I was more or less “forced” to be unplugged. I’ve got to tell you, it was NOT easy for the first night. It did get a little easier as time went on.
Until I found myself in that situation, I had no idea how much I rely on technology. It’s a habit. When I manage to have down time at home, my family can nearly always find me sitting in my den with my laptop open, my blackberry by my side and my IPod touch next to that. Oh yeah, that one piece of ancient technology is there as well…my land line phone. I knew the situation was bad when my husband had to make a date with me to watch a movie with him in the family room. And had to clarify…NO LAPTOP ALLOWED!!
So from now on, I’m going to try to take The Chad’s advice and limit my time online (note I say try!). Spend time with my family. I’ve made some very good friends in my online communities, but I can’t do that at the expense of those around me.
Cross Posted at Ol’ Broad’s place
I’m a little late in posting the podcast this week. I listened to it, but was frequently interrupted. I had all intentions of listening to it again before posting, but life got in the way, so I apologize if I’m repeating Chad.
In my opinion, leadership is a quality that one is born with. You either have it or you don’t. It can’t be taught; it is something deep within. It is a quality that allows one to make tough decisions, regardless of whether or not those decisions will be popular. It is a quality in which the integrity of a person shines through…or not.
Captain Phillips of the Maersk Alabama is a leader. He selflessly sacrificed himself in order to save his crew. The passengers on Flight 93 were leaders. They knew they were going down, but took on the terrorists in order to save countless lives on the ground. After 9/11, President Bush was, in my opinion, a strong leader. He pulled this country together at a time we most needed it and made some tough decisions. And again, this is just my opinion, he did exactly what was right at that time.
In these times, this country needs strong leadership. Do we have it? I certainly hope so, because if this President doesn’t have strong leadership qualities, it will have a devastating effect on our lives, our childrens’ lives and the nation as a whole.
I first referenced this podcast in this post. A fellow blogger and someone I am privileged to call a friend, has started podcasting. I am shamelessly hyping the podcast for a number of reasons. First, because he’s a friend. :) Second, because I think he does a darn good job of vocalizing things that have been going on in my head. I may have commentary, I may not. I’m just experimenting with this.
In this week’s podcast, he touches on the horrible shootings in the last few days. One thing really stood out…the gun is not the problem. Think about it…the gun is NOT the problem. The people are the problem. I agree wholeheartedly when he mentions that all the gun laws and gun control in the world will NOT keep the guns out of the hands of criminals.
Another thing he touches on is how the government is killing small business. Specifically mentioned is a small machining business. This hits home for me, you see, because my husband also owns a small machining business. Very interesting stuff.
Also discussed is the auto industry and South Korea.
Are ya curious? Give it a listen…