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How do you get your News?

If you knew the news before the news was new would that make you not a newb?

People get their “news” from social media these days, its not a secret.  Its so not a secret that Facebook itself recently released a news app called Paper.   Where they curate real news sources for you to see.

But that is not the point of this posting.   I just felt like talking about how amusing it is that the collective of society deems themselves and their circle of friends more important than the world around them.   Its nothing new really, the cavemen cared about their little tribe, what was for dinner and planned how to start their next fire. They didn’t care what was going on half way around the world or even two ridges away more than likely.   Various tribes around the world  live in virtual isolation to this day.  They spend their time taking care of the ones around them and don’t care to be bothered by the “outside world”.

The funny thing about this is, as connected as we are now to everything and everyone.  We still act just like those cavemen millions of years ago and we have more in common with those isolated tribes in South America and India than we could ever possibly know.    Having traveled quite a bit I frequently get asked “What are the people like there?”  or “How do they go about their lives with whatever is going on?”   The answer is simple,  They don’t care.  They all have lives that include  jobs, social roles, families, bills, and anything else you could think of in some way.  And they don’t care about most things that won’t affect them.

So it really should be no surprise when articles like this pop up telling you that alarmingly few people see the news besides what is on their Facebook page and that only stories that tug at your heart strings in one way or another get passed along at a viral rate.