The war in Iraq is shaping up to be the most graphic, realistic and in-depth war that most of us have ever seen. All thanks to current media coverage. People are glued to their television sets watching journalists report from the front lines. Today we have been embedded into U.S. military units, watching alongside firefights and missile scares.

Using technologies such as picture phones, night-vision cameras and live satellite images, the war in Iraq has been brought into our living rooms, dorm rooms and classrooms as the ultimate in reality TV.

CNN, FOX News and MSNBC all are devoting broadcast real estate to the war coverage. Reporters are thrust into harms way to report back to America exactly what is happening.

Some may argue journalists just get in the way or give too much information.

While some of these arguments may be valid, think of what it would be like to not know anything. The coverage is important and is part of our Constitutional rights as Americans.

While The Progress supports fellow reporters in their quest to provide the public with up-to-the–minute information, we also hope that members of the Eastern community are careful with how much exposure they take in.

Keeping your eyes glued to the television could cause CNN-itis or worse … depression.

Be weary of what you consume and learn to turn the television off.

Know how much bad news and reporting of war you can personally handle.

We suggest getting out and enjoying the spring weather. Involve yourself in an activity such as bowling or scrap-booking.

The reporters are just doing their job, but only you have the power to control how much of it you see.