JPTearsheet October, 2020 Vol. XII No. 10
“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
–  John F. Kennedy

The Evolution of the News Revolution
Once upon a time there were newspapers. And only newspapers. Then came weekly news magazines. At about the same time the immediacy of radio burst on the landscape. News reels in movie theaters demonstrated the power of adding visual images to the news. Television news was the next logical step.

First there were the networks. They ruled the roost for sometime until cable television launched the concept of 24-hour continuous news. All of which fragmented the news audience more than was even imaginable decades earlier. And before cable news could get too comfortable along came the internet which fragmented news to an almost personal level.

Now, just as internet news was gathering its sea legs, social media has enveloped us with news, news commentary and news feedback to an uncomprehensible degree.

News reporters once restricted to their respective media, themselves are making news “out of the box,” reacting to people who are reacting to their reports. Public figures and celebrities make their own news. Some individuals playing this game have become celebrities in their own rights.

But, in 2020, where are people actually getting their news? Are they being informed by the initial report, by the reaction to the report as spread on social media, or through their favorite news website, or from other commentators who post their own blogs and podcasts, their own YouTube videos or e-newsletters? Go ahead. Try and connect the dots.

According to Pew Research, in 2018, 34 percent of American adults said they prefer their news online. Not surprisingly, a growing trend. Yet, 44 percent admitted to getting their news from television.

As for the reporters, from 2008 through 2018, Pew found that there was an 82 percent increase in the number of online journalists. This, however, was offset with a decline of 25 percent – or 33,000 – print newsroom jobs.

Where is all this going? The next chapter in the news media story is still being written.
What a blast! A large meteor exploded in the atmosphere over the Bering Sea last December releasing 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
—  NASA 

Nuts to you! In 1897 the first coin-operated peanut vending machines appeared in New York City. By 1926 there was a peanut vending machine for every 100 Americans – generating $1million a day in revenue.
—  The History Guy

As if anyone cares. A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.

The wall has been built. The Great Wall of China stretches 13,170 miles (21,196.18 km) which is equal to half the length of the Equator.

Really important virus news. An amateur German soccer team lost a match 37-0 after they socially distanced from their opponents due to concerns about the coronavirus.

He’d rather have a Clark Bar. A giraffe can clean its own ears with its 21-inch tongue.

Kentucky Fried Crystal. A UK jewelry shop owner discovered a crystal made of a calcium carbonate material that looks exactly like a piece of KFC chicken.
—  The Daily Star

Better luck tomorrow. On the same day that a Michigan man bought a $5,000 winning lottery ticket, he also purchased a winning ticket worth $1 million.

Baskin-Robbins × four. An Italian man set a Guinness World Record earlier this month by stacking 125 scoops of ice cream on a single cone.

Quote of the Month:
“Food makes this nation simultaneously overfed and nutritionally deficient.”
—  George Will 

Month of the Month:
Time to dig in. Let’s start with October being Eat Better, Eat Together Month and Cookbook Month, and continue with it being Corn Month, Chili Month, Pork Month, Seafood Month, Pizza Month and Sausage Month as well as Spinach Lovers Month and Popcorn Poppin’ Month.

Question of the Month:

What does it mean when your vision is 20/20?

Take a step back. You’re about to find out.
Birth of the Blues
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced a raft of measures aimed at boosting the country’s declining birth rate and reducing immigration. To promote family support schemes, according to CNBC, Mr. Orban has proposed that Hungarian women who give birth to four or more offspring will be exempt from income taxes for life.

On the other hand, according to QI, there have been 30,000 insurance policies written – and paid for – protecting against “alien impregnation.”

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.”
― Margaret Mitchell,
author of Gone with the Wind

Hard Hitting Lessons
A gridiron MBA? OK, maybe that’s not possible, but see how much you can learn about business from football in my book, Hard Hitting Lessons. The subtitle says it all, “Some not-so-obvious business lessons learned from playing football.”

Most people associate football with learning things like hard work, discipline, teamwork, etc. That’s all very true. But what can you learn about business from football? According to Hard Hitting Lessons, a lot. This book will explain it all – from human resources to strategic planning and more. Yes, there’s a lot to be learned from playing football about business – and even about life itself. 

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