There’s this pervading idea that nerds are only interested in what comics or movies are coming out. I’ll be the first to admit that my Twitter feed is selected so I receive updates on general nerdy things. However, life isn’t all superheroes and anime. Within the nerdy world there are social and creative problems that are a direct reflection of issues encountered in real life.
Conventional news gives me a headache. If it isn’t people yelling at and/or over each other incoherently, the topics and/or coverage is sadly lacking in viewpoints are relevant to me. While I don’t watch regular news channels on a daily basis it doesn’t mean that I don’t keep up with what’s going on around me.
I’ve taken to watching late night satirical segments such as Full Frontal, The Daily Show, and Nightly Show. I watch these shows for their entertainment factor. What goes on in the world can be seriously depressing. Being able to laugh or chuckle every now and then is a boost to the spirit even if the next topic is more somber.
I don’t completely rely on those shows for all my news. There are journalists, and online articles that I follow and read. VICE offers national, worldwide, and documentary segments that provides a slightly more unbiased commentary than the bigger news networks.
Yet, I’ve realized there is so much going on in the nation and the world that I can’t keep up with everything. If I tried I wouldn’t be able to leave the house or enjoy life. At the end of the day, and to help my sanity, I prefer news with a bit of comedy on the side.