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Piece #85 - Breaking News

Even though the news has been always the same, the method of which it is delivered has changed a great deal just within the last decade. I remember my oldest daughter being a person who didn't want to miss anything! And I mean a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g! Christmas, Birthdays you name it, she knew it...parties, presents everything. So in a small way, I really empathize with her like catching the news because I feel like if I don't then I might have missed something important. I realize there is a lot of negative feels when it comes to the news, but one usually should expect the 'bad' news.

After word of mouth, we decided to put our news to print and for a very long time that is how we got our information. Then the radio came along and the news suddenly came a little faster than a standard newspaper because families would huddle around the radio for news or even entertainment. Movies came along soon after the radio where people could see news clips, but the one invention that really took the news a giant leap forward was television. For the rest of the era, television was the first to give us sight to all the news stories that were happening at that very moment. I'm sure we all can think on events that we witnessed live on television. Whether the event was positive or negative, we were there to watch it. In the last few years, many newspaper and magazine companies had to close their doors for good; party because of television, but the newest contender was the internet.

When the internet came into play that changed everything we knew about the age of information. My oldest daughter now only gets her news from the internet. She has an App that she uses to get her information. Sadly, I'm finding myself using the internet more because I don't have to wait for those certain times when the television might come on. Although, if a live event is happening, I would still turn on the television so I can see the news breaking for myself. Most times I might need a newspaper is if there is an exclusive story that only the paper may have or getting more details about a news story because television only has so much time so they generally try to sum up the information in the shortest way possible.

I'm sure you're already guessing where the Asperger's comes in to this topic. I can tell you that my oldest daughter does not have Asperger's, but those of us who do tend to want to know certain things. Since a lot of us have OCD, we generally like to check on any type of news that may concern them; for example, I love sports so I try to get the sports news as much as I can even though it doesn't really make a huge difference in the impact of my life. The one type of news that I try to never forget is the weather. There have been way too many times when watching the weather came in very handy. In some cases, watching the weather saved my life and my family because they would give information on severe thunderstorms so I could prepare for possible danger. Ironically, my wife hates to watch the news. She sees it as depressing, violent and terrifying. In so ways I would agree, but I see the news as an important part of my life so I can stay informed. I do get my news from the internet, but I do like watching the newscast. I guess I just like being 'talked' to when it comes to getting my information. By the way, I do have acquaintances that are in the news business, but that doesn't really chance my opinion of them.

Song of Inspiration [Check it out on iTunes or Android!]:

Song: "I've Been Everywhere"

Artist: Johnny Cash

Album: The Legend of Johnny Cash  

Since the news travels fast, Johnny Cash did his best to be..everywhere, here's the video for the selected song:

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