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Avoid News: Towards a Healthy News Diet | by Swiss novelist (and sometimes Washington Post book reviewer) Rolf Dobelli | PDF
Our evolutionary past prepared us to act on information, but the daily repetition of news about things we can’t act upon makes us passive. It saps our energy. It grinds us down until we adopt a worldview that is pessimistic, desensitized, sarcastic and fatalistic. If the human brain encounters a barrage of ambiguous information without being able to act upon that information, it can react with passivity and a sense of victimhood. The scientific term is learned helplessness. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I would not be surprised if news consumption at least partially contributes to the widespread disease of depression. Viewed on a timeline, the spread of depression coincides almost perfectly with the growth and maturity of the mass media. Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe the constant onslaught of fire, famine, flood and failure adds to depression, even if these sad reports come from far away.

Dobelli can haz serious issues.

capitalnewyork:

Avoid News: Towards a Healthy News Diet | by Swiss novelist (and sometimes Washington Post book reviewer) Rolf Dobelli | PDF

Our evolutionary past prepared us to act on information, but the daily repetition of news about things we can’t act upon makes us passive. It saps our energy. It grinds us down until we adopt a worldview that is pessimistic, desensitized, sarcastic and fatalistic. If the human brain encounters a barrage of ambiguous information without being able to act upon that information, it can react with passivity and a sense of victimhood. The scientific term is learned helplessness. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I would not be surprised if news consumption at least partially contributes to the widespread disease of depression. Viewed on a timeline, the spread of depression coincides almost perfectly with the growth and maturity of the mass media. Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe the constant onslaught of fire, famine, flood and failure adds to depression, even if these sad reports come from far away.

Dobelli can haz serious issues.

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    Like, really? It’s called the ostrich method, folks, and it’s not a new idea. (and it doesn’t really solve anything...
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    I believe this is true for some people.
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    This is how I roll now. So far so good…
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    Yes, I am familiar with this article. I agree that people are often distracted and misled by the news, often drawing...
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    I get pretty much all my news from my friends, so I like that this article basically supports this notion. I am...
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    Axelsson should read this
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    Oh god, it’s exactly what I’ve been saying for the last few weeks - I hate how frustrated and impotent I feel whenever I...
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    I’ll admit though - the learned helplessness thing, I totally have that. I’ve been a wonk for as long as I can remember....
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    A good read.