Oh my! I am greatly enjoying listening to 'Issues, Etc.' Beyond the enriching focus on the Gospel, I'm just sure I get smarter all the time! I find when I read or listen to speeches and newstories from other sources, I am more critical. As in noticing "Hmm, that seems like an assumption. I'd like to know the source of that statement." "I don't accept the premise that argument is based on." Things like that. I think it's a good thing.
HOWEVER, the temptation is terrible!
I already REALLY wanted an iPod. I'm a Mac convert plus it's really cool! Having a phone and iPod in one! (Not to mention all the other stuff.) I've been delaying buying a new iPod (mine is pre-video) until I can make the switch. I was already struggling with the wait (the contract with my current carrier doesn't expire until January 2009.)
Then I started hearing ads in IE, telling me that I could listen LIVE on an iPhone. (Which I can't do otherwise because I'm driving home from work, not in the St. Louis area.) This was all distracting enough for me, and then I heard that iTunes has worked out their differences with NBC, so now I can download episodes of "The Office" to a video iPod or iPhone.
I confess, I called my carrier to find out the amount of the contract buy-out. But I'm an adult now, and there's just no way to justify that much money for something that is truly a 'want,' not a 'need.'