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20 November 2011 @ 06:03 pm
It's the Sun, Stupid  
Several years ago a local tv station wanted to interview someone with seasonal depression. They contacted the suicide prevention director and she asked me if I was willing. So we had this surreal interview where they kept trying to get me to say that something, anything about the holidays was causing or making my depression worse and I kept trying to explain that it's all about the sunlight being less direct and for less hours per day and that I'm completely checked out of the holidays so they don't bother me. (Not my holiday, not my problem, basically.) They kept pushing this point of view until they finally got a quote about how I wouldn't feel like going to parties at this time of year. That's what they mostly used from the whole long interview. It was a real eye-opener for me about news and how things get slanted.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 21st, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Not my holiday, not my problem, basically.

which reminds me. i need to post my annual christmas rant. i need to revise it a bit this year, though, i think ...

and what you're saying up there is one of the reasons i dropped out of journalism school.
Phatchickladybrigid on November 23rd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
{sigh} sounds about right. If it's not sensational, then it's not news.