I love CNN. If you added up the minutes, I watch more CNN than anything else on television, but they have to calm it down. This is a screen shot from this morning, as you can see in the upper left, at 11:42 AM, eastern time. If you’re someone with problems focusing, I recommend you avoid CNN because they’ve just got too much happening at one time.
1. There’s the time, and it changes about every 60 seconds.
2. There’s Kyra Phillips having a conversation with-
3. Kate Bolduan about a Congressional investigation.
4. Though you can’t tell, that box that says “news room” is flipping and flashing every 4 or 5 seconds.
5. Now we’ve got a news crawl with continuous but completely separate news items ranging from sports, world news, weather, entertainment, etc.
6. A headline and subhead describing the main story of discussion.
7. A video feed from Congress regarding the issue being discussed by Kyra and Kate. In addition to listening to the discussion between the two lovely women, you can also hear audio from Mr. Lankford as he takes part in the committee hearing.
8. At the moment, this box shows the DOW industrial average, but it changes every 5 seconds to also show NASDAQ, Standard & Poor, and the current times in both the eastern and pacific time zones.
I’m tired of being told that kids or people today need this kind of multi-faceted stimuli because our brains are wired differently and we get bored easily by a straight-forward delivery. I don’t believe it at all. I believe that media have so many technological devices and capabilities at their disposal that they have over-saturated the screen and don’t know where to stop.
And if we want to play devil’s advocate and pretend for a moment that certain theories are correct, that our brains really have changed to the point of needing (instead of tolerating) the multi-multi-media form of information delivery, then I still reserve the right to ask why. Our brains are still created the same way they’ve been for thousands of years. We’re all cranked out of there the same way our great-grandparents were ejected from their mothers, so if there’s a difference in our cerebral wiring, it’s happening after we’ve been shot out of the cannon. And if it’s post birth, then that means the changes are the effect, so what’s the cause? The only answer I can see is that we’re parking our kids in front of the TV waaaay too much, and that’s what doing the re-programming.