Eat the news, not too much

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  • …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, deep magazine articles (which requires thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, like bright-colored candies for the mind.

    Fighting off the urge to rant and rave yet again about the breadth of Wisconsin corporate/Republican idiocy, I’m declaring a truce to get the tape off the walls and air out the stench left by Scott Walker and the Fitzgerald brothers. Yes, I know that Scotty Walker and the Fitzgerald Brothers sounds like the name of some wannabe motown white-boys seventies garage band from Mequon, and–in fact–it is. But that’s not what I’m on about here this morning.

    This morning I’ll skip all that about teacher lay-offs, and school budgets capped by property tax limits, and why it’s good for corporations to turn the US into a third world economy; and, rather, I’ll simply share this information. I’ve lifted it from Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed. Paul abstracted the list from a great paper titled Avoid News, Towards a Healthy News Diet by Rolf Dobelli:

    Fifteen reasons why news is bad for you:

    1. News misleads systematically
    2. News is irrelevant
    3. News limits understanding
    4. News is toxic to your body
    5. News massively increases cognitive errors
    6. News inhibits thinking
    7. News changes the structure of your brain
    8. News is costly
    9. News sunders the relationship between reputation and achievement
    10. News is produced by journalists
    11. Reported facts are sometimes wrong, forecasts always
    12. News is manipulative
    13. News makes us passive
    14. News gives us the illusion of caring
    15. News kills creativity
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