Okay I was talking a big game yesterday when I expressed my frustrations over knowing what is essentially useless knowledge – i.e. American Idol drama, celebrity baby mama drama, which reality star is in cahoots with another, etc. etc.
The point of removing myself from gossip related “news” sources is for a completely selfish purpose. Like I said, I am tired of knowing things that don’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. CNN has always been my homepage since I first bought my laptop four years ago, however, I incidentally find myself continuously bypassing their bylines and heading to my “Gossip” bookmarks (10 sites… EEEEK) and get my daily fix of scandals.
I mentioned in my previous entry that I’m going to stray away from Twitter and Facebook – let me now amend that. I spent some time today considering what the rules should be in regards to my social media presence and decided that if I see something I want to comment on, instead of doing it via my Facebook/Twitter account, I’ll call that friend and let them know what ever snarky, witty comment that I would have made online. There’s really nothing but goodness to come out of this – I’ll end up spending more hard time with my friends instead of soft time. I’m the worst when it comes to communicating with my friends, so hopefully this will have a positive effect on the relationships with my peeps.
This isn’t my first time stepping back from the gossip world, when I was on Semester at Sea the only sites we had free access to were The New York Times and Wikipedia – needless to say I learned a lot about the recession (it was the fall of 2008) and endless information via Wikipedia’s “Random article” button (God bless that button, I still use it now). It took me a few weeks to figure out that Britney had her life back together, among other gossipy related things from 2 years ago (clearly the return of Britney Spears was the most poignant). It’s time to remember what it’s like knowing valuable knowledge.
I have predetermined my online news sources: New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, BBC, and the Los Angeles Times (just to mix things up)
The goal is to do this for a month. If I try and read a gossip site (or watch a Hollywood show) I must drop to the ground and do some sort of physical activity i.e. 10 push ups, or 100,000 crunches. Hopefully at the end of the month, I’ll be filled with good knowledge and have some sick abs.
Anyone else down for the journey?