Seems radical, doesn’t it?
When I was in college, one of my roommates never watched the news. She said it was too stressful and interfered with her sleep. That just didn’t make sense to me 30 years ago. How could you go about your life without knowing “what was going on? ” I couldn’t imagine myself being that ill informed. It makes sense now, though.
I started this blog in an effort to reduce the cynicism in my life. I realized it was a downward drag on my life, and made me a bad influence on those around me. During the 2012 election, the cynical, lying ads from all sides of the political spectrum made me sick. So I decided that I was going on a journey – away from cynicism.
One way to combat cynicism is to control what goes into your mind. So, I stopped watching all cable TV news (which is generally an advertisement for one side or the other). Now when I turn on Fox News or CNN, I feel assaulted by either the whining or the shouting and turn it off after five minutes. Ugh. I still watch the local news, especially in the morning when it is “lighter.”
My friend posted a blog about giving up all news for the summer – a sabbatical from the news, so to speak – http://trinkaj.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-news-free-summer.html.
Could I do it? Could you?
I am thinking about following my friend’s lead.