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The Autobiography of Russell
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Ignoring the News should be Good News
When I get bored I start exhausting quick-read content. My feed reader goes fairly quickly, if not already empty, and so I turn to news aggregates. This isn't the healthiest option for my respect of humanity in general. There are sometimes interesting stories with positive results. Often, though, the stories are negative or result in less than desirable outcomes or reports. Reading enough of these results in a cynical outlook on the future. This is why I generally don't pay attention to the news. Most of it doesn't concern me, and much of it has little I can do to change it, other than to not perpetuate it.

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legolastn From: legolastn Date: August 22nd, 2010 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, news tends to have a negative bias. News is generally about something out of the ordinary. Sometimes this is something extraordinarily good happening, but usually it's something extraordinarily bad that gets and holds peoples attention. For example, "Woman doesn't die by avoiding accident" or "Men decide not to get into fight at bar" isn't usually news.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 22nd, 2010 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
It's more than just the negative aspects, too. It seems that too many "news" sources misrepresent facts, make up 'facts', present opinions as facts, or keep repeating the same news, blowing it out of portion. So much "news" is really non-news.
vaelynphi From: vaelynphi Date: August 22nd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
News! There is a reason I often depend on filtering through friends and, perhaps too often, The Daily Show. Anything I follow directly, I just get through feeds or The Great and Powerful Google.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 22nd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
My primary source is news.google (it's bookmarked on the phone). I recently subscribed to TechDirt over the weekend so it will be interesting to see what kind of news I get out of that over the coming week. My secondary sources are friends (not many of them talk about the news), and I guess I could include flemco on my FriendsFriends on that as well.

When I don't look for the news myself it tends not to get to me at all, which does make for a much simpler life with a lot less stress most of the time.
vaelynphi From: vaelynphi Date: August 22nd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
And, to be fair, both TVs at my work are on news channels; I just don't pay much attention to them unless I'm standing there waiting for someone to order.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 22nd, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I doubt I could stand watching the news all day long. I'd be liable to go insane very quickly. As a programmer in a cubicle I'd be wearing headphones all day long to drown out the news.
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