Towards A Healthy News Diet

I have recently come across something I thought needs to be shared around. For some reason, this idea kept coming back every time I thought of cool stuff to share. So without further delay, I'll be sharing with you all a small pdf document entitled: Avoid News: Towards a Healthy News Diet by Rolf Dobelli.

The Prologue states:

"This article is the antidote to news. It is long, and you probably won’t be able to skim it. Thanks to heavy news consumption, many people have lost the reading habit and struggle to absorb more than four pages straight. This article will show you how to get out of this trap – if you are not already too deeply in it. "

In the pdf you Dobelli entitles the several sections as follows:

- News is to the mind what sugar is to the body
- News misleads us systematically
- News is irrelevant
- News limits understanding
- News is toxic to your body
- News massively increases cognitive errors
- News inhibits thinking
- News changes the structure of your brain
- News is costly
- News sunders the relationship between reputation and achievement
- News is produced by journalists
- Reported facts are sometimes wrong, forecasts always
- News is manipulative
- News makes us passive
- News gives us the illusion of caring
- News kills creativity
- What to do instead

- Good News

"The above statements reflect the most truthful viewpoint I can achieve at the time of this writing. I reserve the right to revise my views at any time. I might even indulge in the freedom of contradicting myself. I have done so in the past and will most certainly do so in the future. The only reason I would change my views (a switch which would undoubtedly be noticed by the “consistency police” (usually journalists with good high-school degrees) is because the new version is closer to the truth, not ever because I would gain any personal advantage."

Please note that I do follow the news, and find some material in this article interesting while others, well, not. In all cases I'm sharing this just to shed some light on what's out there regarding news in general and it doesn't in any way depict or describe what I really think about news as a general subject.



Danielle said...

I can for sure vouch for the fact that taking in too much information can be toxic. Very toxic.. Going to download this now..thanks for sharing..