One of my rituals for this new year is to choose a word for the coming year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
This week I experimented with getting my news from different sources.
As an undergrad, I was a political science/ broadcast journalism major. My dream was to become the next Jane Pauley or Diane Sawyer. Dreams are good.
ONE of the many gifts of that education was that I love to pay attention to what’s happening in The World. I read, listen and watch. I also translate, filter and judge.
And I have my favorite news sources.
Without naming names, this week I did my best to get my news from sources I normally wouldn’t. It was a HUGE news week. I felt very tempted to switch back to get The True story.
Then it hit me.
I was getting The Truth.
EVERYTHING someone ELSE says to me is filtered through their beliefs/values/fears/hopes. So everyone speaks THEIR Truth.
Favorites are chosen when those filters match.
I wish I could give you a long list of what I learned and how this experiment has changed my news-gathering approach. My list is short though.
I’m going back to my favorites.
How do you gather your news?