Bellowing about other people

"In any case, they have to figure it out in their own way just as we do, in private. No matter how many interviews we read or see, how many pictures or videos get published, how many tell-alls get written, we will never see into the private circumstances of the Edwardses, the Sanfords, or the Spitzers, nor should we.

We have enough to do trying to understand and know ourselves, if we could only stop bellowing about other people long enough to try."

-From a very good Elle Magazine article by Mary Gaitskill, on the recent spate of adultery "scandals"

One of my New Years' resolutions was to stop visiting media/gossip websites. I'd always justified the time spent reading them with the fact that I'm in the media industry-- but if I'm going to be honest with myself, none of the information on sites like Gawker has anything to do with my life. At some point, I realized that my attention is not an infinite resource.

To my surprise, since January 1st I haven't even been tempted to sneak them back on to my RSS reader. Turns out I actually have a lot of things in my own, real world that have filled in to occupy my attention quite nicely.
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