Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stop Drinking the Koolaid!

"I have had enough!"

Of the negative news that the papers, websites and various other media channels have been flooding us with over the past number of months. Now don't get me wrong, ignorance regarding the situation facing the finance, housing and automotive industries is not bliss. However, the constant, daily and unremitting negative reminders every is not going to magically get people to become positive.

I am NOT going to read newspapers!

Actually I will continue to read the paper each day. Toronto Star (http://www.thestar.com/) that is delivered by 7 am each morning and the on-line version of the Globe & Mail (.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/) Horoscopes, entertainment, sports (go Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles!( http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/index2.html). I will not read the Business section: all the news is negative and all those 'negative vibes" are getting me down. And I am tired of being down.

Forget TV news!

Haven't watched one in years. Don't plan to start any time soon. The 'pretty faces' and endless talking heads do nothing for me in terms of giving me information I can actually use. And if I have to witness one more perfectly coiffed head trying to be sincere...

Local Radio News...NOT!

True confession here: I do actually listen to news on a couple of local stations. 97.7 The Beach ( http://www.977thebeach.ca/) in Wasaga Beach and Rock 95 in Barrie (http://www.rock95.com/). Need the local weather and traffic. Don't need the latest story about local politics or the minor sports teams.

What I am looking for is information and stories about people and companies who while having to deal with the realities of the economy are trying to grow their businesses. By launching new products, by talking up the benefits of their current products, by being realistic and staying positive. I need my new sources to do that for me.

A good example of a media outlet doing that for me is MacLeans Magazine (http://blog.macleans.ca/). This blog provides the information and thoughtful analysis that allows me to stay informed without being negative.

Any other media outlet or company who does that will grab my attention and make it more likely that I will want to do business with them.

It's time for a new drink...!

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