Tune out the Noise

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Preview

If you have cable television, satellite radio or a smartphone, it is nearly impossible to escape the constant chatter of 24x7 news and talk. The recent NFL draft has to have set records for buildup and coverage as we followed prospects in every aspect of their preparation to become instant millionaires. Like sports talk, politics dominate the airwaves for much of every evening as pundits entrenched on one side of the aisle or the other spew forth with guests that typically think just like them. Occasionally, a guest with an opposing view is invited to the set to be skewered like a sacrificial lamb. All of this talk is designed to keep us glued to the next segment in order to keep ratings up and advertisers writing checks. But what does all of this cost you? In the case of sports and political talk, all it really costs you is time. In the case of 24x7 market talk, however, the consequences can be much more costly.

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