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Hidden cost of newsiness

On NPR this morning, a Purdue University professor was interviewed about Syria, and then the interviewer asked him about the reaction to the shooting of a student there yesterday.

He responded that the campus was shut down.

And he added that just as soon as students and faculty heard about the event, they just quit doing what they were doing for the entire remainder of the day so they could focus on what was in the news and on Twitter.

So news of the shooting consumed an entire university for at least a day and a half. Nothing else occurred except watching for the latest developments.

Wow.

Imagine how much got done in this country back when the news arrived just once a week -- on Thursday mornings.

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