Interesting story, and one that makes sense for me. I largely gave up reading the news at the beginning of 2009.. the news is unbalanced, and if it’s not bad, it’s not really seen as news:
In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. Today, we have reached the same point in relation to information that we faced 20 years ago in regard to food. We are beginning to recognise how toxic news can be.
Read full story. Always interesting to think how much easier it is to give up following the news, etc. as the ‘big stories’ still come via Facebook/Twitter, etc… and this story came via Rachel!