breaking news?

there was a time when the phrase ‘breaking news’ used to imply that something major that would effect my life or the life of the nation had happened.

there was a time when i used to get emails with the headline ‘breaking news’ and it would make me breathe faster as i wondered if some major catastrophe had just unfolded.

no longer.

at least for someone that gets email updates from the atlanta journal-constitution i have now become deadened to the phrase ‘breaking news.’

case in point i bring you the below image from my inbox. apparently when a pretty decent baseball player, who once had a role in bringing a championship to the home team has his house burned by a wildfire that has been raging for days, which by the way is on the other side of the country, that qualifies as ‘breaking news.’

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4 Comments so far

  1. Megan (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    I had tuna fish for lunch. Alert the press!


  2. Annie (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    Breaking News! This annoys local blogger and mother also!

    Seriously, it seems like people were so glued to their tvs after 9/11 that the news outlets figured out that if they put BREAKING NEWS!!!! in big red banners across the screen that we would be more likely to stay glued.

    I think it’s all just part of the FoxNewsification of the news channels. Drives me crazy. Especially when it concerns sports or entertainment news.

    I find it humorous that CNN seemed to start using the Fox-like design on their screen, but they don’t do it as well as Fox does, and it makes them look silly. I keep expecting Wolf Blitzer to come out with a top hat and cane and start doing A Chorus Line one day in The Situation Room.

    Which also drives me crazy. Too.Many.TVs.In.One.Room.


  3. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 10:02 am

    Ahh CNN. How far the mighty have fallen. I knew that cable news was dead when I was watching CNN in a restaurant after work and the next 4 hours of programming were all about Paris Hilton (this was the day she was released from jail).

    Did I mention that this was “breaking news” on their website too?


  4. james (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    yeah, the ajc outdoes everyone though. they once sent me a breaking news email to tell me that a particular college coach was NOT leaving his job…



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