Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Has anyone out there listened to NPR lately? It's been freakin' depressing. Oil prices are on the rise. The housing market is in the tank. The government is watching (or listening) our every move while they accomplish nothing that will actually help us in any way. They're playing that sad piano tune on Marketplace. It goes on and on from there and it's like this every morning.

What I could do is stop listening to NPR or end our subscription to the New York Times. All news is bad news lately and that gets tiresome. I'm not saying that I want the crap Today or Good Morning America is shoveling but geesh.

Can't we have one day of good news? Scientists discover the cure for AIDS and cancer. The five richest men in the world decide to provide clean water systems for all of Africa. A team from Cleveland wins a championship. Something.

The worst part about all this bad news is that people (Americans, I'm looking your way) seem to be oblivious to what's falling apart all around them. The rich keep getting richer while the poor get nothing. SUV's continue to roll off the dealership lots. (Didn't you see Al Gore's PowerPoint presentation?) Americans run up crazy amounts of debt despite the ever-shrinking dollar and the fact that we are in a war. Maybe it's just Misery-ians, but hardly anyone is paying attention.

I know, I know. All this doomsday and Misery stuff gets old, but you have to admit that this is not exactly the greatest time period in the history of the world. NPR is depressing. I can't help that.

Not to worry. It's Tuesday, and that means some new music will come out. It's getting closer and closer to November when I'll get to see The Thermals and Modest Mouse within a week of each other. I'll see that new Wes Anderson movie and feel OK. I, like most people, will find something to divert my attention from the negative.

Of course, we're all too good at finding these diversions. Some of us throw ourselves into our work. Others buy stuff. While others (this is me) turn to entertainment to help them forget there is a real world out there rife with problems. We all have some form of escape.

Do these problems hang around because we don't deal with them?
Is there even anything we can do about the crummy economy, poverty, etc.? Or are we just trying to wait them out? You know, this too shall pass. I don't know. Whatever it is, I'll probably blog about until something else comes along. For now, I've got 54 minutes of NPR left this morning before they play some lame-ass classical music. Or, in other words: Back to Misery.


Anonymous said...

You should start tuning into my station online. www.ksjd.org

We start later because of the time shift, so you'll only have to listen to one Cycle of bad news before the music.

The music is NOT classical, but it's still the same news from Morning Edition/Marketplace.. (sans bacon)

Also, you finally got your delivery of NYT?! That's good news! Hooray for everyone doing their jobs!

Juliet said...

or feel free to tune into my station online www.wyso.org The music, like above is not classical. We actually play quite a bit of indie rock, and we've got the World Cafe!

comoprozac said...

I do miss the World Cafe.

abby said...

Who has the most enviable job? David Dye, Will Hermes, Teri Gross, or Bob Boilen?

jenny said...

The housing market thing on NPR kills me. Of course, this is because we have a house to sell in the country's shittiest market (Detroit).

After a while, I realized that I was hearing news about the terrible housing market *every single day*. Every day. And then NPR started doing frequent stories on how bad Michigan was sinking. All the friggin' time with this stuff. It felt like my own private nightmare right there on NPR.

Anyway, you guys wanna go see the Darjealing Limited next Saturday (the 26)?

ATR said...

Might you try the willing suspension of the suspension of disbelief? Would that work for non-fiction? Is it non-fiction? Even NPR is a collection of "tales" that someone has "produced" for our "information." But, piano music and all, how different is it from a spoken word performance, designed to elicit some reaction from the listener? We look for the truth in our information, but isn't it all relative? Interpretation? Spin? Is there such a thing as objectivity, anymore? Was there ever? Or were we just young and less capable of abstraction and critical thought? That doesn't make it any better, but, here in Nebraska, Tom Osborne has been named permanent interim athletic director, so those polar ice caps should start freezing back up any minute now. Hallelujah!