Kyl’s Confession

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[Kyl Myers is writing another guest post and, possibly, blowing your mind.]

I have a confession to make. I have spent approximately 98% of my life NOT reading/watching the news. My excuses included: “The news is depressing,” “The news is biased,” “I don’t have time to read the news,” and blah blah etc. While these excuses are in fact pretty true – recently I have started to feel like a bit of a tool when I am told about something VERY important several days after the matter and looked at with eyes that say, “How can you not know about this? Have you been living under a rock?” To be fair, those who do in fact live under rocks probably heard about Senator Davis’ filibuster long before I did. And if there is anything I hate more than the biased, depressing news – it’s looking [and being] ignorant.

While SLC Feminist has definitely been a major source of news and information for me, (honestly, the only one I check regularly) – I decided I should probably have a general idea about what is going on in the world before I open up my e-mails from SLC Feminist and read things that cause my eyes to boing outta my face and my jaw to drop in disbelief and my brain and heart to have a secret meeting about people they want to punch.

So I am about to tell you about something that you either have known about for eight years and you can laugh at me and stop reading here. Or it’s gonna blow your mind as it did mine. I sweartogawd if I’m the last person on the planet to know about this and I’m about to tell you about something as important as the VHS – I’ll just die.  

OK – here goes.

RSS FEED!

[I know at least 89% of the readers just left]

But for you other 11% – Have I got a treat for you.

RSS feeds essentially compile all the news YOU want and deliver it to your computer or phone via a fab little app.

My small-talk confidence has gone up a billion points since I downloaded Feedly, an RSS feed linked with Google. I picked news sources that I actually wanted to get news from, such as BBC, Think Progress, The CDC, Entrepreneur, and the New York Times. I also threw in some treats such as, Spanish Word-a-Day, the Onion, and Food Network.

Suddenly I’m obsessed with knowing things and not relying on other people to tell me what the hell is going on. And it only takes about 10-20 minutes to get through all the headlines of the day depending on how many stories pique my interest.

 

Oh the sex trafficked kids got rescued? Knew it.

Oh the pope isn’t a homophobe? Got it.

The Real House Wife of New Jersey turned out to not be a great, honest person?! Shocker.

Chronic hepatitis B virus infection causes approximately 325,000 deaths from cirrhosis and liver cancer each year in the Western Pacific Region of the World? Dang.

Do yourself a favor and get on the RSS train. It only took me 27 years to give a shit about the news, and surprisingly, instead of depressing me – all this new knowledge has added fuel to the fire under my feminist britches and I can be a much better advocate.

 

 

Comments

  1. Awesome!

  2. Christine says:

    Kyl this post is both funny and informative. By the way, I am one of the 11% that hung around.. I am going to check out that app now.

    • Thanks Christine! I am loving my new found appreciation (and knowledge) of the news! Hope you are enjoying the app! Thanks for the comment!

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