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14 December 2016 @ 05:40 am
And Now the News*  
Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News. I did it a long time ago.
*Theodore Sturgeon reference

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Deldel_c on December 14th, 2016 12:00 pm (UTC)
It's strange you say you've quit the news; you don't sound like you're getting any of those five benefits.
msrat1900 on December 14th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
I quit the news, or at least I quit following The News on a daily basis, in 1965. I found myself to be completely able to worry about things that really affected my life, without having to worry about everything that the news machine was able to find and try to pressure me to worry about.

But in recent decades, I have had the internet, and the news has come back to harass me again. Even so, I am less mesmerized by The News than are a lot of people I know. I think the long years without news let me take it less seriously, or less personally, than I had before.

Nehama: cat and booksmed_cat on December 14th, 2016 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yup ;) I've never liked _watching_ the news.

I've been reading more of the news articles and opinions since 2014 or so...
et in Arcadia egoboo: whole earth moonapostle_of_eris on December 16th, 2016 02:06 am (UTC)
Anyhow here's a proof for the philosophy of Solipsism. I stopped reading the newspaper, and there stopped being news. Even on CNN for these past two weeks they are doing only reruns! The Democrats' so-called debates certainly aren't "news." The White House's stonewalling in the last two weeks is like their stonewalling for the last two years.
Starlets drive drunk and are sent to rehab and then they drive drunk again. So, here's my advice, if you don't like what's happening in the news just twist your lips in a disdainful smile and pay no attention. Now, at last, you can turn to Spinoza.
— Thomas Disch