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You Cannot Turn it Off: News Addiction

michael posted more than 13 years ago | from the modern-crack dept.

News 487

BizangoBob writes: "In this time of madness, I find myself staying up later than usual, watching more tv than ever before, tracking more channels, with more open browser windows than even I did before. As though KNOWING more will somehow help. There's a great piece about news addiction in the Washington Post. It made me feel I'm not the only one."

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you cannot turn it off (-1)

insomniac (33758) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302040)

but my fp can nig GUH!

Re:you cannot turn it off (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302045)

.. yes sir, here's your case of 40s.

Thanks, Nig GUH!

Re:you cannot turn it off (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302081)

Do you know why they make aspirin white?

Because if they were black they wouldn't work.

ps fuck you taco you fucking pussy you

I am addicted (-1)

Coma of Souls (201241) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302044)

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Re:I am addicted (-1)

chissad (265916) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302129)

you piece of shit cock sucker, rot in hell yellow faggot.

Re:I am addicted (-1)

Coma of Souls (201241) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302146)

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VERY Addictive (1)

FModnar (45288) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302046)

I just couldn't stop watching this stuff on Tuesday and Wednesday. Maybe since the events were so hard to believe and grasp, I had to keep watching for it to even seem real.

Re:VERY Addictive (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302096)

bla bla bla
come on now we're sick of this shit.
"hard to grasp"
shit negro I laughed my fuckin ass off

It's the Commercials (2, Interesting)

aoeuid (250239) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302181)

Or lack thereof, rather. Everyone knows television is super addictive, its just that the relentless advertising finally takes its toll on our brain and we are forced to turn it off. Think about it, when was the last time you've seen four straight days without an ad in sight?

It's probably NEVER happened before and this is what's causing the widespread television addiction. Full length interviews, they don't force the callers off the line because they have to "take a short break". Im dead serious about this folks.

There is a cure (-1)

wurk (450820) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302047)

Read Slashdot. You won't find any news there.

called in sick (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302048)

I called in sick Tuesday so I could watch all the events on TV. I believe world war 3 has started (not the end of the earth though) but over the next 5 or 6 years various countries will have differing opinions and stand up for their opinions. Then again I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it.
Treat Arab-Americans with respect. Treat terrorists with disdain, etc. Let law enforcement agencies decide who is suspicious and who isn't.

I've also noticed... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302051)

People are using the phrase "make no mistake" more often than usual on Slashdot. It's starting to look silly.

Re:I've also noticed... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302090)

I believe you are mistaken.

ps fuck you taco you fucking pussy fight me you son of a bitch i'll take you down biatch

Re:I've also noticed... (-1)

jaroca (157689) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302110)

Make know mistake about it, you are mistaken.

Myself... (1)

asphyxiaa (521553) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302052)

I find myself watching CNN all day because there is constantly new information being discovered and announements of more possible attacks.

It is almost like watching a movie, but sadly, its all real... Knowing that something may happen doesn't seem too far-fetched at this point, as they have already stated that supposedly there are still terrorists within the US that may be planning to do more.

Sleepless week (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302054)

The article hit it pretty much spot on. I've watched more CNN since Tuesday than I did the entire time I worked for Uncle Sam.

My wife and I pulled out the couch to sleep in front of the TV, and I'm constantly either checking or flipping amongst the myriad of news channels available to me.

I'm sure it will pass, but I don't think I'll sleep soundly until I know the patch of sand the culprits reside on has been melted into a sheet of glass by weapons of ludicrously massive destruction.

Re:Sleepless week (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302098)

I think you've been moderated up for the tip about pulling out the couch. We're all busy copying your setup.

Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302057)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Re:Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Flamebait)

asphyxiaa (521553) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302060)

I heard he was in The World Trade Center

Reports of his death are greatly exaggerated (0, Offtopic)

Froobly (206960) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302109)

I just searched every reputable news site I could thing of for details of Stephen King's death. There was not a single mention.

What is it with Stephen King that makes people so quick to pronounce him dead? I find this to be in terribly poor taste.

Stephen King, author, hoaxed at 54 (0, Offtopic)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302140)

Stephen king's official site, as well as some fan sites and his radio station's site, say nothing of this. I would think they would be the first to display the news, probably with some sort of memorial. Man, its just hoax-o-rama right now, isn't it.

Re:Stephen King, author, hoaxed at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302148)

Man, its just hoax-o-rama right now, isn't it.

Yes, it is indeed a hoax. "Stephen King is dead" has been a running "joke" among the Slashdot trollers since early May. A sick sense of humor that some people have.

Re:Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302149)

Only been reading this fake submission for the last 3 months. When will the idiot learn...

im up now arent i... (0)

c4thy (224077) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302058)

i mistakenly typed in my address bar, im sorry i meant to type, maybe i really should goto bed

Re:im up now arent i... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302082)

I love you c4thy!

Re:im up now arent i... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302097)

Make no mistake.

I know what you mean!! (3, Insightful)

tester13 (186772) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302059)

I know exactly what you mean! Think about what we do here day in and day out. We talk about the incremental release of software as if it's the most important thing in the world.

We endlessly follow every possible civil liberties encroachment though /., mailing lists, Usenet, etc.

I read Slashdot compulsively. I also read Slate, Salon, and the NYT daily. Have I really learned anything important, or am I just wasting time? I tend to think more towards the later.

This is a timely topic in wake of the recent tragic events. I have been refreshing CNN and MSNBC's website obsessively searching for the latest (often wrongly reported) news.

OTOH what is the alternative? It seems today, it is important to process a lot of information quickly. I'm just not sure that I know what is important.

Re:I know what you mean!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302127)

We are looking for answers to what happened and we want them now. And we still don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow. The series of attacks, one after the other on Tuesday left us with the feeling of "what's coming next ?". We look for more answers, and that's why we cannot turn the TV off.

Pray. There's more out there... (0, Flamebait)

1skywalker1 (101848) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302176)

There's more to life then this... more to life than what we see. It amazes me that an entire nation can go through the motions and yet have so many people continue to miss it. Prayer.

Today America prayed.

This nation was founded as a Christian nation on Biblical principles. We are a nation that built a government to protect freedom and liberty through a system of laws that God created.

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

Have you ever actually read the Bible? Ya know, the most translated, most printed book in all of history... You ever actually read it? I used to be the standard hypocritical WASP that /. so diligently flames... until I read that book for myself.

Our lives are made up of more than cable TV and broadband internet. Everyone is searching for a meaning, for destiny and a purpose. The purpose of the creation is only found in the mind of the creator. Have you talked to Him lately?


Don't nock it till you've tried it.

GOD bless America.

News Saturation (2, Interesting)

Paganz (35727) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302062)

Frankly, I feel the exact opposite. Although I want to know the latest as to what is happening in the rescue efforts and investigation, it seems to me that much of the news is simply the same facts being repeated. Particularly with the addition of one, or even two, news tickers, I am getting too much of the same news over and over again, at least on the major networks. It seems that Fox Cable News, CNN, and (C|MS)NBC break up the hard facts enough with experts to pique my interest.

Re:News Saturation (1)

Kargan (250092) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302069)

I definitely have to agree. I can only take so much, although at the same time I want to keep abreast. Interesting phenomenon.

Re:News Saturation (2, Interesting)

terri rolle (413434) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302107)

Yeah, I keep watching and watching despite the fact that at the end of the day you realize you've really only learned a handful of solid facts.

What's truly disappointing is how much of what they've reported has turned out to be wholly false. Like that story of five fire-fighters being rescued from the rubble. Or the talk of many buried victims using cell phones to call for help. Or the report that several men who had been arrested at New York airports last night had knives and airplane technical manuals in arabic; and one man was falsely claiming to be a pilot. (Last I heard most had been released, none had any link to terrorism, and the guy claiming to be a pilot really was.) Or a tale that Atlanta was another intended target for the terrorists. ("Baloney" said one government offical.) Or the immediate assumption that explosions in Kabul were due to an American attack. (It was just rebels hitting an ammunition dump in Afghanistan's never ending civil war.)

Does anybody check their facts anymore? Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but isn't that something journalists are supposed to do?

I'm afraid we're just getting what we deserve. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302063)

God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve. Throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen."

You helped this happen.

Re:I'm afraid we're just getting what we deserve. (2, Funny)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302075)

Slashdot Troll or American Spiritual Leader?

You make the call!

Plagarism was Re:I'm afraid we're just getting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302095)

This comment was stated by Jerry Falwell, while being interviewed by Pat Robertson. The Slashdot posting is a verbatim copy from that interview.

It's not illegal to be misguided or callous but at least you could be original about it.

Religion is to blame (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302065)

As I look back over the tragedies that have occurred over the past six days, I can't help but think that stronger laws and policies governing religion would help prevent much of it. From the hospital-bombing Christians to the terrorist Muslims, religion inevitably causes that which it tries to eliminate: senseless violence and ruthless killing.

Re:Religion is to blame (0, Offtopic)

dangermouse (2242) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302088)

What fool modded this as "insightful"?

Re:Religion is to blame (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302106)

Make no mistake

ps taco you pussy

Re:Religion is to blame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302154)

You have to agree that if everyone was an atheist, there wouldn't be any "religious" war.

Religion is NOT to blame (2, Insightful)

Weasel Boy (13855) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302150)

No religion with any significant number of followers advocates this sort of violence. Hatred is responsible for these crimes, and all who hide their behind any mantle of religion are traitors to the very religion they pretend to support. They are either liars or frauds.

No true Christian could ever possibly bomb a hospital. No true Muslim could ever possibly commit a terrorist act. Anyone who would do such a thing is a murderer, not a Muslim or Christian. The two concepts are not mutually compatible.

In order to end the senseless killing, we as a society need to do two things: Stop teaching hate, and effectively deal with mental illness. No other remedy will succeed. Well, maybe one other. We can always exterminate ourselves.

Re:Religion is NOT to blame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302175)

methinks you are indulging in the "no true scotsman" fallacy. research and see.

Re:Religion is to blame (3, Informative)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302160)

Of course, religion doesn't kill people. People kill people -- religion can just sometimes serve as a suitable excuse. Nationalism works pretty interchangibly well for this, as do items like feelings of racial superiority, etc.

We could go into all of this now, and I could explain why your "insights" are sadly shallow, but I suspect you're just trolling. Shame on you for doing so on the backs of 5000 innocent people.

However, on the off chance that your viewpoint actually is that shallow, may I suggest some basic reading: "The Battle for God" by Karen Armstrong. It's an excellent primer on the role of religion and root causes of fundementalism.

more please (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302066)

Somebody please post more links to stories about news addiction!

Not a Problem (1)

jazman_777 (44742) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302068)

From all the time I spend on /., it was an easy transition to surfing countless news sites. The only problem I had was I couldn't moderate any opinion pieces.

Re:Not a Problem (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302071)

Louis Armstrong, trumpet player and Jazz pioneer, died yesterday morning in his Los Angeles home. He was 71. Armstrong's last performance was at James Madison University's Convocation Center on March 24, 2001, where he played to a standing room only 5,000. Armstrong was helped off the stage by his wife of 20 years, and he later told a reporter for the campus newspaper "I don't know how much longer I can do this. This may be one of my last shows." His final song was his biggest hit, Hello Dolly! He is survived by his wife, 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Huh? (2)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302070)

Oh, I keep hitting websites every half-hour or hour, looking for more news; but I stopped watching the TV quite a while ago. It was getting too repetitive and depressing, and detailing positions I'd already got from the web. It's a terrible, thrilling event that has happened, but I'm already burnt out, at least TV-wise.

Suggestion (2, Funny)

vaxtor (520122) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302073)

Kill Your Television...

Re:Suggestion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302111)

Fuck! I thought those fucking bumper stickers said "Kill Your Wife!" Now I'm in a fuckload of trouble.

Re:Suggestion (3, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302125)

OK. but there is always the radio

Whats the problem? (1)

norculf (146473) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302074)

The word "addiction" implies that there is something bad and wrong going on. I think it is good that people want to be informed about what is going on.

But they even make it sound like a sort of stupor:

As you lie down to sleep, the images keep sloshing around, your mind a TV set. Not nightmares, though they are nightmarish. They have to be suppressed before sleep will come. But all you can think about is putting the set back on.

Click, click, click: Crane and rubble . . . Crane and rubble . . . "Cosby" rerun . . . Colin Powell talking . . . A man searches for his missing father . . . Crane and rubble . . . "Nothing burns fat like Stacker II" . . . Mayor Giuliani . . . "It sounds like they were able to bring the knives through security." . . . Crane and rubble . . . Candlelight vigil.

Anyway, I don't feel restless or weak (more than usual at least).

Waiting for more coherent news (2, Interesting)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302076)

I was glued to the TV/computer the first day, and most of the second day too. I realized something the second day, however. Everything I was hearing was speculation. I figure that if I wait a week to really dig into the articles, things will be more coherent and more of the facts will be layed out for me. Once a real breakthrough is made, I'm sure people will be buzzing about it. I havn't stopped watching the news completely, but I'll save the rest of my attention span for something other than pictures of people jumping off of buildings.

why go far (2)

matrix0040 (516176) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302078)

if u want to see someone who's addicted to news .. then look at the fp posts on \. these ppl just sit there and wait for a story to come up so that they can get a fp ;-)

But seriously the graphic images of the attack that are being shown repeatedly can have a deep psychological effect on the ppl. watching it again and again (u can't help but watch!) can make a deep impression on your psyche and can even lead to extreme emotions and even depression.

The only solution is to talk about it ! even if no one knows the answers .. just talking about the problem can be of great help.

A suggestion (5, Insightful)

Mike Schiraldi (18296) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302079)

A comment i just sent to Rob Malda (after a short bit of praise for him and his team):

- Please consider making a "permanent" story -- or call it a forum. When i
want to post something about the tragedy, i'm forced to choose between three
options, none of which is great: I can submit a story, and odds are great
that you will have to reject it. I can post a comment to an old story, where
it will likely be missed since the story is off the front page and will
certainly be missed when the next update is posted. Or, i can wait for the
next update and hope i hit it early.

If you had one huge permanent story instead of lots of smaller ones, people
would sort by "Newest First" to get news, which is what they should do
instead of just waiting for the next story to be posted. It lets new +1 and
+2 comments have a chance regardless of how early they're posted.

Also, raising the maximum comment rating above 5, if technically feasable,
would really help in these stories, where dozens and dozens of comments are
rated at 5...

mod this UP (1)

jon_c (100593) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302101)

I agree, it pisses no-one off more then to post a passionate story only to get modded to "-1 Offtopic" because the inane story was about some stupid tech junk no one at this time honestly cares about.

Admit it, everything else is just a diversion so we won't/don't think about whets going on, but it is going on and we as humans in disaster need to talk about it.

Re:A suggestion (2)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302126)

I like the basic idea, but that should make for an awful lot of comments to wade through, especially for those of us who try to read the unmodded comments.

There's got to be a better way than one *huge* forum -- maybe some sort of sidebar collection of stories and forums or something. Of course, that's moving towards violating the very straightforward paradigm that Slashdot's been following since way back in the day...

The enormity of it all (2)

eclectro (227083) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302083)

I find that news addiction happens to me around large events;

The the space shuttle Challenger accident

The Oklahoma city bombing

The death of princess Diana

The impeachment of Bill Clinton

And now the WTC destruction. This easily tops them all. It has truly been a mindwarping experience of how so much destruction has been brought about by so few. The news addiction happens because we want every shred of a detail so we can put the story together and understand what happenned. The story is large and in the front of our minds. Knowing the horrific beginning we want to rush and know the ending of the what, where, when and how.

It's curious - do we live in an era that such large spectacles can be counted on happening every few years??

Re:The enormity of it all (2)

IronChef (164482) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302162)

Here's my question -- will this story be bigger than the O.J. Simpson trial?

I am not being a smartass. Please read on.

The OJ trial was the #1 story of EVERY news broadcast, EVERY DAY for about 2 years. Half of every broadcast was dedicated to OJ, it seemed. I used to think that was an LA thing, but people tell me it was the same way all over the country. You guys must remember this... it was insane how much coverage there was. If you used a TV or radio you could not escape it. Criminal trial, civil trial, custody hearings...

My friends used to joke about what might be a bigger news story. We had to come up with some pretty bizarre stuff before it sounded like it would beat OJ. And it all involved celebrities. Couldn't think of anything IMPORTANT that would get as much coverage.

I guess my real question is what the hell is wrong with us, where some washed up football guy makes the #1 story every day for so long? Are we truly only interested in shallow things like celebrities, or does real news like the current disaster have a chance with the people?

I will be very interested to see what the coverage looks like a year from now. Who will have the staying power, The Juice or Osama bin Laden? I want to believe that as a people we are not as shallow as we appear to be most of the time.

Unfortunately, now I will get to find out for sure. And I'm afraid I will find out that the world is right, that Americans are a shallow, forgetful people. Here's hoping I'm wrong.

For the morbidly curious, here's an OJ chronology [] . Insane how long it went on, and how important it seemed to people.

Jeremy Glick, from Dateline (5, Insightful)

Mike Schiraldi (18296) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302084)

The most powerful and moving coverage of Jeremy Glick's story, from Dateline NBC: []

Please read. Please mod up so people will see.

Re:Jeremy Glick, from Dateline (-1)

buttfucker2000 (240799) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302169)

that is a powerful and moving story... FOR ME TO POOP ON!

It's Horror! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302085)

Zapping all the time and every TV Station has just those America-on-war Movie.
So, where is Burce Willis to Save the World? (And James Bond to get in touch with Bin Laden's girl?)

The method of my madness. (2)

jon_c (100593) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302089)

The method of my madness.

1. goto [] scan for new news
2. goto [] , then [] for new news
3. goto [] and for new news
4. Get frustrated that there is no new news and turn on the (freakin) tv.
5. Sit in front of the tube, clicker in hand looking for the news I want.
6. Get annoyed that I'm not hearing about shit blowing up in the middle east.
7. goto 1.

yes, i'm going nuts.


Hypocrite (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302108)

It's real easy for you to sit back and say "Let's nuke the Arabs", as you gaze at the computer screen in your nice cozy chair. Yet I doubt you're all that interested in actually enlisting and "blowing shit up in the middle east" yourself.

coward. (2)

jon_c (100593) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302167)

I shouldn't respond to such a cowardly attack... but anyway.

A: I'm only about 50% sure that killing/scaring/generally pissing more people off is the best action. I logically see this as an un-fightable war much like the war on drugs instantiated by the Reagan administration.
But to explain my comment, as an American I very much want to see retaliation, it's illogical irrational and emotional but it's (more then anything) what I want to see.

B: to echo millions; I before Tuesday I was not a patriotic person, I was cynical and felt no connection to the rest of the county. Now I am ready to fight, with a gun for America.


Re:The method of my madness. (1)

rhyder (187818) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302132)

I find the same method contributing to my insanity:

Morale (3, Interesting)

gutier (129597) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302093)

The piece is suggestive of something: instead of proudly being an American by being fully aware of all that is taking place, proudly be an American by doing something to help instead of sitting around watching TV.

News? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302099)

For every ounce of real news, there's a ton of inconsequential fluff. Hurts my head, it does. That's why my TV's been unplugged for years and the information I fill my head with comes from books and other sources of my choosing. Anything big occurs, I'll hear about it soon enough.

Media wants you perpetually on the edige of your seat and it's no mistake that you end up in that position. Better to absorb the content of commercials that way, when your neurons are all primed, ready to absorb info.

I suppose I've tuned out. Listening to an audiobook at the moment and am about as close to bliss as one can get.

Ridiculous! (1)

stevarooski (121971) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302100)

I haven't read the article (and don't want to) but even the term 'news addiction' sounds idiotic to me. 'Addiction' implies a malignant dependancy, when in reality what everyone wants is to be well informed of whats going on, and whats going to be done about it. The author of the story says he's staying up late, etc. . .In my mind thats commendable, not an 'addiction'.

As to the state of internet and tv news right now, even given that there is a LOT more news repetition/misreporting/retraction than usual, almost everything is being fed to the public live--and non-preprocessed!! For the first time in a while, the American populace is getting more than ten-second interview bites and packaged reporting from our media. There's really no way they can dress this up, and everyone wants to know more. We are seeing real things happening and forming our own opinions. Look at the effect its having; we, as a people, are thoroughly pissed off.

Re:Ridiculous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302155)

I haven't read the article (and don't want to)


Please feel free post your opinions on any article you want without reading it first. You are such a fucking genius that you can formulate an educated opinion without gathering the facts. From know on, whenever I seen an article written by you, Stevafaggot, I don't even have to read it - I'll know it's written by an asshole. Please lock your lips onto my anal ring, and suck hot steaming fecal sludge down your throat. Then vomit it up and use it for lube when you jack off onto your mom's face.



Re:Ridiculous! (2)

IronChef (164482) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302166)

"Addiction" is a good term for some people. I may be one. Daily, I have a raft of web sites I have to read. Gotta keep up on the things I am interested in. If I don't get to, I get cranky. And that was way before the latest events. With a big story in the news, a story I care about anyway, I go on news binges like the article talked about.

The net has been a blessing and a curse for me. There are a million things I am interested in, with more coming up all the time. And now there is this wealth of info at my fingertips... It is often very hard to stop studying up my newest obsession and GET SOME DAMN WORK DONE.

Sounds like it could be an addiction to me, but i don't know the proper psychological criteria for the term.

I keep my office working (1)

jacobcaz (91509) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302102)

I've managed to get appointed "news hound" for the office. I guess I'm good at absorbing and summarizing large amounts of information from various sources.

Anyway, since I work in a fairly small office, I seem to be the person who keeps up on news and keeps everyone else updated. That way at least some work is getting down around here.

Letsee. I have a TV, radio & a seperate computer to keep news stories open all on my desk now.

I must say, it's really pushing the geek factor up when people see the array of devices on my desk, plus I get to keep the office actually working and not sitting around the TV.

Re:I keep my office working (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302128)

Really, while you're browsing the web and watching TV, they're all busy fucking the hot receptionist, making her airtight if you get my drift. You loser.

Sounds like a newspaper troll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302103)

Sure this isn't propoganda on the part of the Post to get you to turn of your tubes and start buying the newspaper? Hmmmm... another DC conspiracy!

A problem for school districts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302105)

This has been a problem for school districts in my area. The local newspaper ran a piece on it, [] and the superintendent basically asked kids to go to bed on time. I'm suspecting it wasn't a problem for elementary schools tho.

Maybe some good from this (1)

Kwil (53679) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302115)

After a while, you start noticing the machinery at work, the old manipulation, as if the naked facts aren't enough.

If enough people start to pick up on the machinery, then maybe news addiction is a good thing.

I ain't smoke no crack (0, Offtopic)

voudras (105736) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302117)

I ain't smoke no crack in two hours.

Re:I ain't smoke no crack (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302135)

time ta beat ma ho's phat ass.

I kinda got sick of the stuff (1)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302119)

I'm not heartless bastard - and maybe its the fact that I'm unemployed and have been exposed to more TV of the events in New York then most people.

But I find myself looking at a channel - if its something I didn't already know I'll flip back to the simpsons.

Cathedral (2)

Mike Schiraldi (18296) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302120)

Thank God: It's 3:15 am and every channel i get is replaying the Cathedral ceremony in full, which i've already seen. So i can sleep.

News addiction? (2)

OmegaDan (101255) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302122)

Since when is the intersection between piss poor journalism and bad taste in television an addiction?

Re:News addiction? (3, Funny)

terri rolle (413434) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302134)

piss poor journalism and bad taste in television

You misspelled "Fox News Channel".

The Irony (1)

collar (34531) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302124)

The irony of a story about NEWS addiction in a NEWS paper is increadible. I guess they know it will at least reach the target audience of people addicted to news ;)

hey michael (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302136)

while you were watching that crap I was raping your mom

Opposite (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302137)

I had the opposite actually. On Wednesday morning I decided not to watch TV at all that day. I couldn't handle it anymore...

Re:Opposite (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302158)

wow no tv all day huh?
got of the couch and did somthing did you.
you wouldn't make a good american

Wanting to do something (2)

UnifiedTechs (100743) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302141)

I have CNN on the TV, WNBC on streaming video, and a Realplayer feed of the NYPD scanner off of going as I type this. Plus I already called all my old Marine buddies who are still active duty to see if they know something I don't. I don't think it is addiction as much as a feeling of wanting to help but can't. Now I am just waiting for the phone call to put the uniform back on, then I will feel like I am doing something.
One more thing, all you who went to give blood for this tragedy please remember to give again in 4 months, the need for blood is a 365 day of the year thing, And I take pride in telling my co-workers and friends I can't go with them to give blood because I gave a week before the attack.

News (1)

cute-boy (62961) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302143)

By writing this sort of article, the author merely continues the cycle of coverage, as do I, and other contributers do here.

Our reactions are out of our individual control, a powerful mass conciousness of our new globalised world we have created for ourseleves, where we see things like this when happen, even if we are not actually there.

We need to communicate better and understand each other more, and this experience of collective horror shows us how much more we have in common with each other, and how insignificant our differences.

When we are ready it will pass.


News addidction a problem? (1)

mabs (2595) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302144)

My solution was to listen to this great news station in Australia, ABC NewsRadio, hehe, we even have a newsradioaddicts list on yahoo :) I't great actually, part of the govt. funded radio network over here, and, IMHO, puts BBC in second place of my listening preference. For all of you people out there that are too far away from .au to hear, there is a live net stream on there web site: [] .

I admit, I have been addicted to radio news for years, then newspaper, followed by tv, mainly because radio is so much more convenient than all other types of media, other than having it sent to your <insert hand held mobile remote data device here>, but I still like radio more.

I don't know about other countries, and other networks, but I am also an avid shortwave radio listener, and I also listen to BBC, RNW, VOA and a few others, if anyone knows of more, reply to this comment, and I might put a page together of radio news addict resources around the world.

You can go back to sleep now. Here's why: (4, Insightful)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302145)

Folks, this war is going to take a long time. This isn't gonna be over in days or weeks or months, and the resolution is not gonna be on tomorrow's news. Once we find out who these people are and who their superiors are and how everything works (CNN reports that one of the guys we picked up in St. Louis tonight on a train is telling the FBI a lot about that shit), we have to go in and take out the Taliban "government" but do it in a way that doesn't kill many Afghani people, since they're not the ones who did this either. The Taliban is a fundamentalist regime, and those are bad and need to be dealt with. (Look at Iraq for an example of what happens when we don't and/or can't.) Going in and carpet-bombing the country isn't gonna be the way to do it though. I think that's why you haven't heard much about how or when or why we're going to attack parts of Afghanistan (and I firmly believe we will.)

Those who think we can't afford to kill innocent civilians there too, though, please take your rose-tinted glasses off. This isn't grade schoool and everything has a price in the real world. Freedom from the creeping tyranny of terrorism, though -- teaching those people that this is NOT the way to make friends and influence people -- requires some struggle and loss.

I am confident that, in the end, the good will far outweigh the bad in this thing. But it's going to take time.

- A.P.

Re:You can go back to sleep now. Here's why: (1)

jinx90277 (517785) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302184)

Actually, the tenor of the comments from the government these days seems to indicate that they almost feel forced to do something on a short time scale. It doesn't change the fact that there will not be a quick resolution -- or any resolution -- to this situation. But if there is not at least a first act in an American military response in the next week, I will be stunned. The people want someone else to hurt, right now, and too damn bad if it ends up being exactly the wrong move in the long run.

Politicians are professional poll puppets, and if 79% of the people want the U.S. to bomb Kabul, I'm sure the government will find a way to justify it.

Manufacturing Consent (5, Insightful)

surfimp (446809) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302152)

I've turned off my television and stopped visiting and all the rest of the mainstream media outlets. I'm becoming extremely disturbed by the direction which they've been heading since rougly 20 minutes after the second plane hit, and (as I recall) even before the first WTC tower fell.

The talk is of reprisal, and how the United States is going to respond to the attacks. Granted, nothing can justify what has happened, and there is no rationalization for what was done. However, could we perhaps get a bit wider perspective or perhaps even some critical thought/discussion regarding what has happened from CNN?

Today there was a poll on that makes my point perfectly: "If Afghanistan refuses to hand over Osama bin Laden, should the U.S. bomb Kabul?" 79% of respondents said yes, we should bomb Kabul.

Hello, my fellow citizens! The people of Afghanistan are currently living under the tyrannical rule of the Taliban, having just come out of a long and very punishing war with the former Soviet Union. Not only has all the major infrastructure *already* been bombed, but the people are suffering tremendously as it currently stands.

Even more to the point, what could "we" possibly gain by bombing Kabul, which is a CITY full of CIVILIANS, after all? Does it make any difference whether it's a cruise missle or jetliner causing the explosion? Do you think the Taliban government, the only ones with access to food and equipment, will still be in Kabul when the bombs start to drop? Hardly--they'll be off in the hills with bin Laden, and the only people left to suffer the brunt of such an assault would be the civilian population.

The point I'm trying to make is that the mainstream media is so caught up in the idea that we could bomb Afghanistan that they've forgotten whether or not we should. After all, the only real way that we'll get bin Laden (or whomever is responsible for these crimes) out is by _going_in_after_them_. That will cost American and NATO lives. And, it can be aruged that it runs the high risk of polarizing other Muslim nations against what they could only perceive as an invasion by the West.
And if you've actually read anything about what bin Laden is trying to accomplish with his terrorist agenda, it's EXACTLY that--a world war between Islam and the West. And remember, Pakistan has nuclear bombs at their disposal.

Where is there any discussion of these facts in the mainstream media? That is what I truly fear, more than anything else. The manufacturing of our consent to what amounts to acts of genocide against civilian populations--and that ultimately leads to only greater and greater violence.

Try: []

Re:Manufacturing Consent (1)

essell (446524) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302170)

Yes, yes and yes. People have the taste of revenge in their mouths and they feel the need to attack... well, something. I'm guessing 50% of the people who voted yes don't even know what Kabul is...

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302153)

6 days witthout turning TV off barely slept 2 hours a day, sleeping pills completly ineffective.

(always been told to tune on CNN in case of big shit, een here in france, where terrorist attack are quite common, for example in 95 i had to take the subway to go to school it's a 5 station trip, and in few month 3 of these stations where partially destroyed by terrorist bombings)

Which lead me to one thing I think important, in December 94 an aircraft was hijacked from Algeria to france by the GIA (Islamic Army Group), it was forced to land in Marseille (south of country) after crossing the Mediterranean sea, but terrorists says after that their project was to throw the aircraft over Paris, similarities in these kind of behavior are disturbing... I don't understand why nobody made the link...
-I remember this nightmare because of my nearest relative went to Belgrad for vacation at the same time and knowing her alone, made me go crazy I was still completly ballistic 2 weeks after her return and developped addiction to antidepressors which is still unresolved

The Age of the Media Frenzy (1)

darkov (261309) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302156)

I guess it's unavoidable in the age of TV and instant global communication, but when a big story breaks, must the entire (global) media go nuts and into a weird sort of paralysis? Non-stop 24 hour coverage on all free to air stations. Commentary about the event, about what it means, about why we did/didn't see it coming, who's to blame, then commentary about the commentary. Wild rumours flying about. It's almost like journalism takes a break. People report anything to fill the space. It might be interesting for a few hours, but goes on for *days*. Before the attack it was Princess Di dying and probably others I can't remeber. I generally want it to go away so I can watch meaningless drivel and turn off my brain, espacially when it's something as horrible as this, I really don't want to think about it 24/7. And I wonder if others should either given the emotional response: unjustified attacks on Arabs on the street and their churches, ramapant nationalism and talk of going to war. For all the horror of the situation, this sort of fervour is what drove the fanatics to park a couple of Boeings in the WTC in the first place.

Works for me ... (2)

martin-k (99343) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302157)

As though KNOWING more will somehow help.

It does for me. I feel insecure in events like these as long as I don't know everything. After absorbing as much news as possible, it settles in and I accept it. THEN I feel better.

Call me a news junkie, but that's the way it works for me.


Brain Under Attack. (1)

Pentomino (129125) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302165)

This kind of news addiction is the precise reason that most network channels are on 24-hour news-barf mode.

To be truthful, when I absent-mindedly flip to the news channels, I hope that they're reporting on something other than the tragedy, or at least something new. I'm always disappointed.

It seems as if there's a nationwide effort to not let us think about anything else. Our minds aren't designed to take in that kind of horror for 24 hours a day, four days straight. Thank God for the Cartoon Network.

News from Australia (0, Flamebait)

Richard_Alston (447886) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302168)

Keep watching the news folks, it will include interesting bits such as the Australian Government psychofantically (that's how you spell it isn't it?) jumping onto the 'More Internet Regulation' bandwagon. Clearly, these guys used free internet encryption and anonaminity to smuggle plastic blades and bomb threats onto these planes.

You people can rest assured that we will remove every one of your liberties necessary to preserve ours. What a coincidence that the media has spun this low tech attack into a call for tighter internet regulations. It almost turns their fight from a battle to protect DVDs and CDs to a battle for our lives.

Anyway, repeating that news, ludicrously tight internet restrictions will be announced for Australia. The government is currently rubbing it's hands together and dreaming up all sorts of things. And we'll finally be able to get that grubby little arsehole that's been impersonating me on slashdot [] too.

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha wheeeeze ha ha ha ha ha ha cough

News sources (1)

SONET (20808) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302174)

I, too, have become addicted. I literally hadn't watched TV since 1995 until this happened, now I can't stop watching it. I am impressed (perhaps 'blown away' would better describe it) that most cable television news networks have dropped advertising altogether in this great opportunity for ad revenue. Come to think of it, on the web side even changed and in some cases removed their annoying ads, though I still wouldn't buy anything from them after all the ads I have had to close.

I must admit that I probably still wouldn't be watching TV if it hadn't been for the fact that I have been disappointed with the news coverage on the web. Even web sites such as have nowhere near the detail of their television broadcasting counterparts. And the worst part by far is that it takes quite some time for information to make it to their site, and when it does, it really is lacking depth and detail that TV coverage offers. I have found this to be true with all news-related web sites. I realize that data entry and formatting takes time, but it seems to me that there is much room for improvement.

The web has proven to be an excellent source for discussion, as always (both slashdot and Kuro5hin have had some excellent threads over the past few days). And finding background information on different subjects is and probably always will be unparalled. I've probably been to Google a hundred times since Tuesday.

With all this free time I have found myself with, I have been visiting web sites of different companies to see how they have responded to the tragedy. Many sites ( comes to mind) have messages displayed prominately on their sites. Others, particularly companies based in Asia for some reason ( comes to mind), have no mention whatsoever. I also found it disappointing that some companies seem (in my opinion) to be using their philanthropy, though generous, with the alterior motive of boosting their company image and earning brownie points. In my eyes this is evident on some web sites immediately. Whatever the case, be sure to visit some of your favorite and not-so-favorite company web sites and see how they are handling things. Whether you're planning to invest in a company or just buy a candybar from them, I think it's always good to have an idea who you're giving your money to, and in some cases this might be a good indicator.

As another aside, I am sitting here in southern California, USA at 11:40pm PST listening to people sounding their car horns like there is no tomorrow. People are on the street corners and islands in major intersections all up and down the streets, waving American flags and holding candles. There are hundreds of people - some corners must have 50-100 people each. There were what looked like thousands of candles that people had brought set up at the pier here. I found it interesting that, from talking with my grandparents, this patriotic attitude is similar to the level experienced during WWII.

I just realized how tiring watching TV can be... 'nite.

it can be of help (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302177)

I guess I am a 'news addict'. I don't spend hours watching TV over & over though, but I trawl daily through Slashdot, & various other sites. It is not that I am afraid of missing something, just that againing more knowledge - & therefore more understanding makes me a better person.
It has been worth it; I know who I am, I understand the world, I understand myself, I am at peace with myself.

News vs. Knowledge (2)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 13 years ago | (#2302185)

This whole incident has started to cement something for me (hang with me, I'm working this out as I go):

News is not knowledge. News is a thin layer that rests atop the mountain of our experience and knowledge.

This is why some people can't understand why we didn't just shoot down the second WTC plane while it's pretty obvious to me. This is why people blame religion or, conversely, discount completely the role of religion in this sort of event.

People who are news addicted tend to know what happened but lack a very basic understanding of why. I have seen a lot of these people lately, and I've experienced a lot of frustration trying to point out seemingly obvious mistakes in their logic.

Maybe, then, we need news reporting closer to that of the BBC or newspapers, where at least some depth is included (of course, at the cost of speed). Maybe we just need a better educational system -- hell, I took college-level philosophy classes without reading a page of Locke or Descartes, psych with no Freud of Jung, history without Gibbon.

Maybe I'm ranting -- it's late and I'm tired.

Has anyone noticed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2302186)


9 + 11 = 20
12 + 7 = 19

Damn, I thought I saw a pattern. Sorry for wasting your time.
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