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Find media's middle path

There was a man who was a news junkie. He listened each day to extremists shouting over one another on talk radio. He thumbed through news magazines while he ate his meals. And he sat in front of the television every chance he had, surfing the news channels. At work, he checked news on the Internet. This man felt overwhelmed by every fluctuation in the stock market. He could not sleep at night for fear of crime. He refused to travel internationally, afraid of terrorists. And the more news the man took in, the less he was able to live his life.

There was another man who shunned all news. He had no trust for any media. Disturbing news left him feeling helpless and fearful, so he preferred to remain ignorant of the events in the world, the nation, his hometown. He subscribed to no newspapers or magazines. He avoided the Internet. He held no opinions about war or peace, the economy, the culture or even sports. Since he knew little about what was going on in his community, he did not exercise his right to vote. This man did his best to live in a vacuum, but his lack of knowledge limited not only his conversations, but also his life.

There was a third man who found a middle path. He read a newspaper each morning and magazines of interest to him. He checked out documentaries from the public library. He remained well-informed, but was not obsessed with the news. He engaged in conversations about political matters. He voted regularly. Yet he maintained his freedom by not becoming imprisoned by the constant flow of information.

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