But there is nothing I can do about it.
The news is usually sensationalist, people-obsessed, black-and-white, tragedy-obsessed, irrelevant to my life, trite, cynical and misleading.
Cat stuck up tree…
…let’s look at today’s online Telegraph. Here is every article from “above the fold”, i.e. the page I can see without scrolling:
- Police chief blames parents for not teaching children “right and wrong”
- Airline fees and baggage charges soar
- Fix the economy? I’ll just finish this round… (this is about Obama playing golf)
- Kate and William spend anniversary apart
- Heat seeking – where to soak up the sun abroad
- Take the University Challenge quiz
- UKIP don’t like it up ‘em
Mind. Numbingly. Banal.
And this is supposedly a high-brow newspaper?
There is nothing here that educates me, helps me get where I’m going, enriches my life or allows me to make more intelligent decisions about anything of importance to me.
And I couldn’t help but notice that below the fold there’s a variant on “elderly couple die in house fire”. It is “Prague gas explosion injures 40…”
Why am I getting aerated about this?
Is it just my age?
This is why – because our brains are being reshaped all the time (this is true – new neural pathways are being built and old ones torn down all the time). Your brain is plastic. It is changing. Reacting to its environment and its conditioning.
And the environment of news is toxic.
As I’ve written before, our…
Conditioning drives our
Beliefs which drive our
Emotions which drive our
Behaviours which drive our
And the news is right at the top of the funnel. It plays a big part in our conditioning. And most of us are completely soaked in it.
There have been times in my life when I have completely avoided the 24 hour news cycle for months at a time. I felt happier, more focused, more thoughtful, calmer and more able to think and concentrate.
I still know what’s going on by reading weekly news magazines where there’s no mention of gas explosions in Prague and I do not have to listen to John Humphreys trying to uncover the stunning, amazing, never-before-seen fact that two politicians of the same party may actually have a slightly different viewpoint on the same issue, instead if doing what he should be doing which is to inform us of events.
Waiting for my man…
I am afraid I have slipped back into news watching – mostly online UK newspapers. A lot of my news surfing involves classic junky behaviour. I miss the news when I cannot get access to it. I consume it first thing in the morning. I get a wee “hit” from doing so. I use it to relax although it doesn’t actually relax me. I become addicted to “developing” stories whereby I need the next instalment. I think I can handle it. And so on…
So today I’m putting a stop to it. I’m going back to my no news world. I will do my brain a favour and allow it to develop its new neural pathways without the malign influence of what someone with a very, very different agenda to me has decided is news.