It's hard to know which metaphor to use to describe the daily onslaught of news. Our radios, smartphones, smart speakers, televisions, laptops, and, yes, newspapers bring us an avalanche of gripping headlines and sordid details. Or is it a vortex, a deluge, or a whipsaw? Perhaps it's all beginning to sound like a cliché. The reality, of course, is that so many of us are drawn in, perhaps with some reluctance, because we feel compelled to know, to be informed, and, perhaps, to be entertained by what may seem at times to be political and journalistic theatrics. Such is the way of our contemporary world. And, like so many of us, Cindy Elder is doing her best to sort it all out.
Cindy Elder, a Barrington, Rhode Island resident, is an administrator with the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University.