American News is Fundamentally Warped

We live in a fast paced media filled world.  Sometimes it’s hard to forget the rest of the world doesn’t really have access to the same outlets we do.  As Americans sometimes it seems like the latest story about Bieber or Britney is the most important thing going on in the world right now.

It.

Never.

Is.

The following TED talk by Alisa Miller is only 4 minutes and has some pretty good illustrations of how and why America’s view of the world can be so warped sometimes:
https://www.ted.com/talks/alisa_miller_how_the_news_distorts_our_worldview

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Even if you don’t watch the video, I think this is an important take-away:

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Is this distorted world view what we want for Americans in our increasingly interconnected world? ~Alisa Miller

While this TED talk was from 2008, today at TEDx Rochester is the first I’ve seen of it and it struck a chord.  Not that I didn’t already know our news coverage is warped, but I think this is an excellent illustration to drive home the point.

Because I Need More To do

I’m not staying busy enough (end sarcasm). So I’ve signed up to be a Fairport CERT member and I’ll be attending training sessions every Wednesday for the next few Months. I’ve always been interested in this sort of stuff. Even considered joining the volunteer firemen a few times but just never took the time. Should be interesting.

Oh and I’m not missing the opportunity to be a part of TEDx Rochester this year. I was contacted by one of the organizers a few weeks ago as a result of last years post. I think I’ll have a guaranteed seat which is sweet. Can’t wait.

Next few months will be busy.  Again. Guess I just need to get used to it.

This Week in Links

Allegheny 100 Challenge
100 mile hiking challenge on June 18th
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Turkey Run-in on Finger Lakes Trail
Hiker tells of his run-in with a turkey on Finger Lakes Trail last weekend
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Hiker Alert
Advice to help you not get your vehicle towed or ticketed!
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Hiking Trails in Niagara Falls
List of some trails available in the Niagara Falls, NY area
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6th Great Adirondack Trail Run
The 11.5 & 3.5 mile charity runs will take place June 19th in the Adirondack High Peak area
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Cornwall Bridge to US Rte 7

Appalachian Trail Section Hike description by the Section Hiker
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Northern Forest Canoe Trail by Jeffrey Liebel
Overview of a talk given by Jeffrey Liebel about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
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