[Watch] A song for sanity in 2018

Entire 2017 was a horrible news cycle.

 |  1-minute read |   31-12-2017
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During grad school, I had a morbid period where I would watch YouTube videos with the audio and transcripts of black boxes from plane crashes. I have never been one to avert my eyes from a tragedy. Quite the opposite, they draw me.

That's how I relate to today’s news. It's like a never-ending car wreck and it's hard to not be transfixed.  I have always been a news junkie, but now it’s in hyperdrive. I check Twitter for hours a day, wondering what the next shocking news story will be.

I don’t read it in expectation of a great advancement – a disease cured! A marginalised minority given rights! I check the news each morning wondering what western country is curtailing democracy today (it’s faint comfort that we are not the only nation attacking its democratic institutions) and I wonder what incoherent and awkwardly spelled musings have been gifted by the Great Leader.

Simply put, 2017 was a horrible news cycle. There’s only one gift I want this holiday season:  a year without a constant stream of depressing stories. I'm not optimistic this will happen, but, hey, it can't hurt to wish.

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Noam A Osband Noam A Osband @noamosband

Writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. You can learn more about him at www.noamosband.com and www.facebook.com/TheNosyAnthropologist?

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