Where's All the Good News?
I love to read the paper. Always have. Probably comes from all those years as a kid spending time with my dad reading the paper together. It’s actually one of my fondest memories, especially the part where we would fight over who gets the Sports page first.
Woke up this morning to the LA Times as usual. Opened up the Late Extra Section which has two great qualities – 1) it has all the late breaking news, and 2) it acts as an envelope for the Sports Page which is really where I’m headed anyway. Here are the headlines this morning:
- Man Shot by LAPD to get $5.7 Million
- Prison Time for Corrupt Officials
- A Medical Approach to Treating Addiction
- A Chance at Parole for Young Killers
- School Discipline Bills Hailed
Shootings, prison, addiction, killers, and discipline…sounds like a Quentin Tarantino movie. On a computer, we can protect our kids from questionable content with various filters and software. On cable TV, we can password protect certain channels. Movies have rating systems to help us determine what’s appropriate for who. Is it time to start applying the film rating system to newspapers? This morning’s paper would definitely be PG-13 or even R Rated, and I would NOT want my kids to be reading this without parental guidance.
If an Alien dropped down to Earth for a few minutes and all it saw was this section of the paper, it would have to think we were quite the violent, decadent culture. Of course, the big headline in the Business Section is “The Time May be Ripe for Fruiti Pops”. Not sure what an alien would make of that. Come to think of it, I’m not sure what I make of that.
Either way, I’m going back to the Sports Section where it’s safe, and I can make sense of the world. And if my children want to read the paper, I’ll just hand them the sports page directly. Seems like the safe, G-rated approach.