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Hooked on Horror

October 31, 2021


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By Andrea Rouda

IMAGINE your life without news. Go ahead, close your eyes and imagine ….

Nice, isn’t it? Don’t you feel better?

Do we all need to know that the stock market is in turmoil? Or that a baby in Alabama died because the hospital she was born in had a ransomware attack and all the equipment was down that could have saved her? Or that last March a police officer in London raped and murdered a young woman, then burned her body? Do all these stories help us in any way? (Okay, that last thing is good to know if you go to London.)

I’m not saying that life should just be raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but really—does every little horrible thing that happens all over the world have to be spilled onto my kitchen table with my morning coffee?

No wonder so many people are watching the scary, gruesome, terrifying Netflix show from South Korea called Squid Game, currently THE MOST POPULAR show streaming. They’re hooked on daily horror.

—Andrea Rouda

Andrea Rouda blogs at The Daily Droid

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