Reading the news often makes me frustrated and angry, and I really can't do anything about what the news is reporting on. Considering giving it up entirely and purposefully avoiding the news.
yeah stop reading news and start focused reading on Readup: Social Reading
What frustrated me the most is that after reading the news and looking at the world outside the window, there is an unreal feeling. Definitely want the world could be better.
Ok. But doesn't this also count as news?
I'm not counting it as news. And, it doesn't make me frustrated or angry either. This may be less of a rigorous philosophical definition, and more of "I'm going to stop reading things that make me frustrated."
Same feeling. Now i avoid tv, newspapers (paper and site). I focus on some newsletters, rss feed (you've got only the titles without advertising), podcasts (France Culture, a french public radio like NPR), journals with long read articles
For this reason and a bit more, I really want to live in a country where there is little political angst/polarization and distrust of governmental institutions. I want to live in the most politically boring, politically stable place.
I realized that I get frustrated because the world is not working the way I think it should work. But that's not the world's problem. The world is just the world. It's a problem with my perception of how the world should work. So really I can control this frustration, because it's my problem. Re-framing it that way has helped me
I was of the same opinion as that of the OP and had given up on news of any kind for the past three months. But your world view puts things from a different perspective and think makes sense. Thank you for putting it up here. But thinking on a meta level, is it again not just giving up as to where and how the world is moving by saying it's out of our control?
I rarely look at the news these days unless if it's for something local. My life hasn't been diminished by its abscence whatsoever.
I created artificialfeed.com just to keep with with the news. Facebook is good indicator of what's worthy of our attention.
It looks good, and reminiscent of subreply. :) I forgot my new resolution not to look at the news for a moment and read a Vice article about how covid immunity may be temporary, but when I clicked through to the original paper, it seems that claim was greatly exaggerated by Vice. Aack! No more!
Oh, wow, I love your style, and I especially love how you keep it consistent across sites. Keep doing what you're doing; the world needs more of this.
I can relate to that. In addition to being nearly exclusively negative, most news is garbage-quality and only cares about emotionalising and getting clicks. Here in Germany even the big newspapers with loads of history, prestige and influence have degenerated to a quality level which 20 years ago would have been associated with the tabloid press. Maybe I can muster the courage to purposefully avoid all news in the future...
Same here in Belgium, but I think that is the case in all European countries. More or less...
I believe money and political agendas had infiltrated the media. They do not stand as independent news sources anymore, they are not allowed to cover _ANY_ topic. Therefore, I consider them as propaganda machinery.
The internet gave news organizations such massive and tough competition that it forced them to have less professional staff, because that can't pay as much, and more sensationalism, to compete on the new huge field. That's my theory anyway, I should check journalist compensation over time.
same here, I usually avoid any news as most of it is negative garbage
I had a similar feeling, though made a compromise that I feel works better than avoiding totally - once a week, read a wide-ranging, reliable news source, like The Economist. Even better, the paper version.
Going back to a paper version does have a certain appeal. I usually only read the physical version when I'm on a plane or in the airport.
It's a good essay, and I very much enjoy and agree with his point about the news being a "closed loop" that doesn't really require my involvement. Thanks for sharing.
Love this, thanks for sharing...
Nice, thanks sharing this
Thank you for sharing, I'm really surprised by the quality of the comments. A lot of them shine a light on the other side of the argument and I can really appreciate that.
One must read the lengthy rebuttal in the comments as well.
Thanks for the share
That's a great article, thanks for sharing! The key point is this: "With the time people waste reading a newspaper every day, they could have read an entire book about most subjects covered and thereby learned about it with far more detail and far more impact than the daily doses they get dribbled out by the paper. But people, of course, wouldn't read a book about most subjects covered in the paper, because most of them are simply irrelevant."
That's a good idea! If it helps, know that you're not the only one who has that reaction. Similarly I have to ignore certain types of news and instead only read content that I know isn't curated just to get me riled up, eg poor political reporting
I think I will give it up. At least try going without it for a month and see if I miss it. (except whatever news I might see on Hacker News, which I feel isn't really enraging at all)