If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.
Here is a good example of why I don't bother reading the news anymore. On the rare occasions when I do pick up the newspaper, the political stuff tends to be the exact same patterns with different people plugged in, and there are tons of junk stories to try to make people forget about the real news, such as how many people died in Iraq while gems about how Paris Hilton is perverting the minds of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears (did Ms. Spears ever have a mind?).
Tell me how all the sound and fury surrounding the naked law student situation will do anything but promote Richard Einhorn's website? He couldn't have planned it better. Oh, yes. There's the review she has to worry about. Sure. She'll be in a lot of trouble for appearing on... what was it? Spice? Television X? Oh, right. Playboy TV. Lame. She posed nude for a photographer. Puh-leeze. I just don't feel that I am more informed after picking up yesterday's newspaper than I was before I read it. In fact, I think I could have lived my entire life quite happily without ever having seen this story.
"Ah!" you say. "But this is, indeed, junk news. If you read real news, you would be much more informed." Bullshit. By this point, unless I want to do some primatology, there really is no point to my reading the news on a daily basis. And I can observe primates without having to read the news; I ride the subway every day. Don't get me wrong, some of my best friends are primates. Hell, I'll let you in on a family secret; I'm a primate too. But you can only see two tribes... er... these primates call them "countries" nowadays... chatter at each other, bounce around and claim superiority by showing their erect penises so many times before it becomes tiresome (recent hostage situation, anyone?). Just because it is ritualized and often allegorical due to the mental capabilities of this particular species of primate does not change the behavior patterns themselves, only the context in which they play out.