News of the Bland

Bland Times (Click for larger version)

Unsurprisingly, most of the leading newspapers are largely filled this weekend with the sort of dreary “year-end” fodder that gets scraped up from the bottom of the barrel with some amount of desperation to fill the yawning news void around the holidays; pieces looking back with the obligatory jaded contempt at the so-called political plays of the year and typically glib predictions of who and what is hot or not for 2009, as well as feeble attempts at humour by otherwise stalwartly mirthless hacks and the expected gloomy prognostications of more “serious” journalists and pundits about the awful and/or defiantly heartening year ahead… Quite frankly it’s hard to muster a lot of enthusiasm about any of it.

11 Replies to “News of the Bland”

  1. We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats’ feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar

    Shape without form, shade without colour,
    Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

    Those who have crossed
    With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
    Remember us – if at all – not as lost
    Violent souls, but only
    As the hollow men
    The stuffed men.


  2. I’m not thrilled with newspapers at this time of year. As you say, they waste precious newsprint to recap the year’s events.

    If you are a religious newspaper-reader like me (3 dailies from cover to cover), you don’t need a “refresher course” at the end of the year. And those who didn’t follow the news throughout the year won’t bother with those stories now either.

    Newspapers should simply print smaller editions during the final days of the year and conserve paper. There’ll soon be major stories to break again (not least, the economic stimulus coming to a head on Jan. 27).

  3. I always start with the Globe and Mail, followed by the Calgary Herald and the National Post (well, for the time being, because it won’t be in business very much longer).

    It doesn’t matter whether you agree with what a newspaper prints or not; you still have to keep yourself informed.

  4. I watched part of Question Period today (yawn). We had very high winds and my husband and I were chasing stuff around the yard and tying stuff down – what a mess.

    Anyway, the end was the usual journalist stuff – talking about 2008 – what a total bore.

    Jane Taber – how does she keep her job?

  5. I have no idea. That woman is completely hopeless.

    Oh, I and I forgot to watch QP (again) today. I guess it can be viewed online. If there was any interest to do so. Which there isn’t. So I won’t.

  6. Hi RT,

    I, for one, don’t mind a few reminders from things that happened in the 1st 6 months of the year. I tend to forget some things.

    How are you doing these days? How were your holidays?

  7. It does seem to all merge into a blur, doesn’t it? Mind you, the same could be said of last week. Good holidays, everything considered. It went by very quickly.

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