I remember when it used to be important, really, to sit down in the evening, at the end of each work day, and watch the evening, national news.
It wasn't that long ago.
But over time, the news has gotten far more "entertaining" and so, far less and less important.
Now, the evening news is very likely to have YouTube videos, showing about what some crazy cat--literally, a feline--did in their owner's back yard recently.
And then Fox "News" came along, shortly after the Republicans did away with the "Fairness Doctrine" so we could and would hear both sides of a story and one side wouldn't do all day, inflammatory commentary as the Fox stations do now.
And the local news?
Why, it got fluffier and fluffier until now, today, it's like cotton candy--mostly air. Air and sugar.
And where are we going now? Is there any hope of it getting and better in the future?
I think we all know the answer to that one.
The biggest trend in outgoing news and incoming "staying informed" on our part--that of the citizen in the US and world--is that we've gone from desktop computers to laptops and there was a great deal of information out there and sure, there still is.
But now, now we're going on to our little cell phones, with all that same capability of the bigger computers but most people just use them to entertain themselves even further. The younger the person, the more attached they are to their mobile device--mostly phones--with videos and Tweets and that's about it.
I don't hold out hope for the coming generations.
I think they look to be very well-intended, well-meaning, empathetic, open-minded people with very little awareness of what's going on in their government and so, where their country and world is headed.
I hope they can and do prove me very, very wrong.