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A Pithy Letter.

by Dear Jon
March 5, 2002

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Sort 122_Dear Jon-A Pithy Letter. ACTUAL LETTER TO DEAR JON:

Dear Jon,
I'm addicted to news, newspapers, radio news, cable news, talk shows of all sorts, and I'm not sure if it is good for me. Addicted might be too strong. I'm strongly drawn to news. Is this healthy? Is this unhealthy? Didn't your dad ever say, "You need to know about the world around you?" Was this pithy enough?

Dear Unsigned,

Sure, it's pithy enough, whatever that means. Go and be as pithy as you want, just like your Dad, apparently.

Wherefore thou readest thy newspaper is of thine choices the pithiest thou mayest make. When thou readest grave tidings thou may speaketh thus, "What a pithy."

Some news might just pith you off, and some news make you pithier than ever. In that sense news addicts are, of all people, the most to be pithied.

Are you a news junkie? I don't know. To me a news junkie is someone who can't get enough of the same story. The internet provides many on-line versions of the leading newspapers. Do we really have to read every article we can find about Bin Laden family DNA, especially since there is no news in the story?

Some people like to read the local stuff and find out who in their elementary schools won the spelling bee. But this is really not very interesting to most normal people outside the PTA. You are a junkie if you have to know who won the spelling bees at the other schools, even though these are kids with whom you have zero contact.

Junkies forget most of the news they read or watch. If you ask a news junkie what is going on in the word, they have no more to say than the person who watches the 30-minute national broadcast.

So go, and be pithy.

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