Cut back on newspapers and rely on blogs. Yep. With my new reading schedule, I find I have a lot less time for a lot of things (blogging being one), but that, conversely, I'm getting more things done, even things I was in the habit of putting off. No time to put them off, now.
But, one interesting thing I've noticed is that I've cut back on reading newspapers. I didn't read bunches of them anyway, but most days I scanned or read front page stories, editorials, scanned the letters and read those on topics that interest me, read a couple of coluns, read Metro section articles, and maybe a sports story or two in the Tennessean. Then, I'd find time at work to read several articles in the Wall Street Journal. Now, I find I'm relying on a few blogs to keep me abreast of what's happening and what folks are saying about it.
Why blogs instead of newspapers? Bias and spin and poor reporting. How many newspapers would I have to read to find out what's going right in Iraq, expert analysis of military issues, etc.? I can get all of that and more from scanning a few blogs. And, what the news media does report is often the spin of some "player" in the news -- what good is that? And, they just don't report well. Often, the journalists don't seem to realize there is anything more than "talking heads" -- much less that they should go out and report the other stuff. And don't get me started on how bad most "education" reporting is. So, blogs. Of course, I have to just scan and move and don't have time for the leisurely wandering from link to link as I am amazed by the knowledge, insight, and writing so many blogs make available.
And, now, time for my walk and then some reading!!