Like clockwork, one week Brad and Angie are on the brink of divorce, the next enjoying marital bliss again - and all using the same pictures from Oscar night. These articles are so clearly not based on any actual new information or facts.
Reality TV is also totally staged, just ask Lawyer Mom.
The media tried so hard to turn the swine flu into something newsworthy but too many people inconsiderately refused to die. You could almost hear the reporters high fiving each other when some poor person with chronic health problems died of the flu and they could write about it.
The economy is also fickle. One day all the indicators are bad, the next consumption is up again and we're headed back toward prosperity.
None of this is news, it's entertainment.
What is true, anyway? It's complicated because there's always more than one side, more than one interpretation, more than one apparent truth. A plausible case can be made for the lamest and most obviously made up arguments, as we've seen in recent years over the 'clean coal' debate.
As you know, I love coal and wish we had a coal burning stove in our living room because it's so clean.
Fortunately for truth seekers, things that aren't true make us physically uncomfortable, even if we don't know they aren't true. I wrote more about this here if you're interested.
I don't really have a point today (hence the picture of the waffle, get it?), I've just been struck lately by conflicting messages everywhere I look.
In the absence of a clear external truth the need for a reliable internal moral compass seems kind of important.
Where can I get one of those?