Plugged Into Political News Yet?
The Web is one of the greatest time-sucks ever invented, mostly because it lets anybody investigate a topic to death. Whether you're intrigued by baseball, baking, space exploration, knitting or by-the-slice pizza, you can find a Web site, blog, mailing list or online forum dedicated to that interest.
For me, politics usually isn't one of those topics. But as every election cycle gets into gear, I find myself getting drawn back to the news/gossip/pundit sites that I usually pass by. I try to resist, but I have a hard time turning away from a good horse race, not when the results of it can have significant effects on my country. And so at some point, I have to give in and realize: It is On.
I hit that point after the Iowa caucuses. It's terrible--I know I'm going to waste way too much time between now and November following the candidates' progress--but there's not much to be done about it. I figure it's like following a sports team.... except that people who don't live near D.C. are much likelier to make fun of you for this kind of thing.
Are you finding yourself falling prey to this seasonal affliction?
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