I've seriously restricted my "news" consumption for a few months now and I def feel it's made me nicer and less aggressive. I listen to a couple "top stories" podcasts that go through 4 or 5 stories in a couple minutes, skim the local paper, and maybe turn on BBC and look at the news ticker.
@tmv Do you mean not consuming "news" benefits the elite or the manufacture and our consumption of what what we're calling "news" benefits them?
Not constantly consuming outrage/tragedy porn has not been a loss; if I want to know more about a topic, I go find long form material by an expert. If anything I feel better informed.
@tmv "without critique, these 'news' are just consent manufacturers; but, well studied, are a good form of intellectual self defense."
You're not wrong.
And maybe it's selfish, but there are just so many other things I would rather do with my limited lifespan and attention than pour it into consuming the infinite scroll output of the media cycle.
going home and reading fashion magazines is probably just as much an intellectual pursuit these days as going home and consuming "news" from places like HuffPo or Fox and the metacommentary on Facebook/Twitter/Medium/etc. XD
I generally find value in Chomsky, but that attitude seems very classist, as if some (class of) people deserve no better than to be fed a diet of intellectual junk food since they're incapable of appreciating the difference anyway.
One of the first Mastodon instances, there is no specific topic we're into, just enjoy your time!