I never pass a headline by

I never pass a headline by

Twitter bios can be tricky things to get right. Mine hasn’t changed much since I began tweeting and reading what other people have to say for themselves on Twitter.

Here’s mine.

Mook twitter profile

Most of the bio is self-explanatory but there are a couple of references that may be unclear. (But everyone knows what a mook is, right?)

Many who were not living in the UK at the tail end of the 1980s may not know what an info freako is. Here’s the band Jesus Jones to elaborate in 1989.

Basically, it’s another term for being a news junkie. I’m a news junkie. You may be too.

It was somewhat easier to be a news junkie back in the day (*pulls up rocking chair on porch to talk to the young ‘uns*). There was a finite amount of newspapers, magazines and TV news coverage to read or watch.

The internet now presents a bottomless pit of news to devour and keep track of and smartphones make it convenient to read news on the go. Can a news junkie now ever be sated? And has the sheer volume of accessible news online that has emerged in the past decade made news junkies happier or sadder?

A pamphlet I picked up last month spruiking the benefits of transcendental meditation made me ponder whether being up to date with news makes people happy.

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It’s too late for me. I’ve got a hundreds of articles per week habit. I never pass a headline by. Thankfully, there are worse addictions to have.

(As for calling myself a hack in my Twitter bio, it’s good to be a journalist hack but not a hack journalist as British writer, broadcaster and editor David Hepworth explains here.)

 

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