For the last half-century or so an odd-ball spoof magazine has graced the news stands: Mad Magazine.
I, like a ton of other young boys, became aware of it when I was still in grade school. On the cover was the magazine’s fictional mascot and iconic symbol: a zany spokes-guy by the name of Alfred E. Newman. Alfred’s favorite catchphrase “What, me worry?” was also featured somewhere on the cover of every issue.
But despite all the years of clever satirical humor (often at the expense of those currently in the glow of the news or popular entertainment) the general population today is reportedly more worried now than ever.
Not surprising either.
In my local paper today is a good example of how the news media is playing us all into the worry hole.