My mom used to say “no news is good news.” I’ve lived my life thinking that was so. Now I know that’s not quite true and it’s not that simple.
Here at home, we get no TV or newspapers. By choice.
In these times of economic downturn, we are trying to save wherever we can. So, instead of TV service by cable or satellite or rabbit ears, we have no TV at all. Well, we have a TV, actually several of them, but no TV service to any of them, which saves us a bit every month. Anybody want to buy a couple of small, old, used, color TVs?
Not only cost savings, the idea was also to save us from the depressing politics of evening news and the mind-numbing blood-and-guts programming fit between loonnnggg commercials. Why pay for TV that makes you mad, sad, or sells you something you don’t need?
There are no newspapers delivered here either. Who wants a stack of inky low-grade paper growing larger every day, requiring special recycling disposal? Who wants to read the sensationalism and see the tawdry photos of tragedy on the front page?
News from the World Wide Web
How do you get your news, everyone asks us. On the computer, from the Internet, I’m proud to say is our high-tech response. And if you know me, you know I’m anything but high-tech. The Net makes it possible for individuals to get the news that they want when they want it. Not before. Not after. Or ever, if they so choose.
A personal experience with no TV or paper
If we got TV or the paper, we would have gotten the news that the jewelry store carrying my jewelry was robbed at gunpoint. Little did I know that the store into which I placed my precious creations would close under more adverse circumstances than a sick economy.
A still shot from the security videotape was posted on the Internet. It showed the owner at the receiving end of a gun barrel, held by a man acting as a terrorist thief in his spare time. The good news is that he didn’t shoot the owner but only relieved her of mega-thousands of dollars worth of diamond jewelry. The good news for me: the stolen goods were not mine. The best news was that I was unaware of the event for several weeks. With no TV and no paper, no news was good news, at least for those weeks.
No news is no news
So, no news is simply that: no news. No news is not good news, it’s not an especially big cost savings, and it’s not freedom from worry. It’s freedom from information, freedom from news of any kind, wrecking your day when you least expect it.
Yeah, it’s a lot like sticking your head in the sand. Thank goodness we still have the freedom to choose that option.