Growing up watching Chet & Nat reporting daily events before dinner was my primary media intake. Not so in today's tech-driven world. It seems Boston is truly the Hub of the world today. All four sports teams are involved in stories which would appear at the top of the prime time news-hour or front page on daily papers any other day. The "Trial of the Century" is happening on the South Boston waterfront. Preparations are underway for the next one as officials prepare to prosecute the perpetrators involved in the Boston Marathon bombings. The state is in the middle of a Senatorial election which is growing more contemptuous every day.
As I write this, Aaron Hernandez of the New Endland Patriots is being pursued by local news-copters. Watching an alarmingly similar event unfold mirroring the lead up to the last "Trial of the Century", I began to wonder if information overload is occurring. Never before do I remember so many events happening in my home state while the world watched. Are the events worthy of all this attention? At the risk of offending neo-Luddites, my conclusion is a resounding "Yes".
As a huge Patriots fan and fantasy football dreamer I have watched with delight as Aaron Hernandez has become one of the best players at his position. However, listening to Gresh & Zo attempt to filter the reports coming in about the situation almost minute-by-minute something occurred to me. They're professionals who steer away from speculation in serious matters beyond the scope of sports. Their day-to-day tasks require delving into the minds of sports figures attempting to predict the future or explain motives. However, Gresh & Zo understand their role as reporters in such matters and have risen to meet the challenge. Using the same technology platforms to gather and report information which everyone has access to reveals to me their adherence to professionalism and responsibility. In spite of the fact that the situation does not "look good" for Hernandez, no one knows for sure how it will all play out. Trumpeting unverified or gratuitous leads is irresponsible. Kudos to Gresh & Zo for wading though troves of data and providing us with the most accurate information possible.