This is a continuation of a previous hub, The Myth of Perpetual Growth , in which we discuss the limits of this planet and our blind refusal to recognize them. In an informal survey he conducted in early May of those who attend the center’s Wednesday seniors’ lunch, 40 people said they preferred newspapers as a source of news, while five indicated TV or radio was best for them. He wasn’t surprised, though, that all four of those who voted for online news are enthusiastic stalwarts of the center’s Saturday morning computer class. Maurice Mickey” Carroll stated, There’s a lot of garbage passing around as news.” He should know. Media organisations want you to believe that news offers you some sort of a competitive advantage.
The juxtaposition of heart-wrenching news coverage with cheery holiday jingles can be particularly jarring online, which is a more active viewing experience—and a more intimate one. Also, without the presence of an anchor to ease the transition from news to advertising and back, the viewer can be watching singing dogs one moment and crying children the next. When disaster strikes, be it a mass shooting, a terrorist attack, or a deadly storm, broadcasters attempt to strike a balance between making money from the surge in online viewers and managing advertisers’ reluctance to be seen alongside tragic news.
Eventually, as the news cycle progresses from reporting on the initial victims of the tragedy to, say, exploring the long term political ramifications of the event, the editorial team will talk about whether to turn the ads back on. On Monday afternoon at NBC News, said Young, that moment still seemed a long way off. This is a rather interesting story about how bad chronic consumption of modern television driven, internet delivered electronic news can be for your mind and even health. I often chide my own father, and father-in-law for watching cable and network news shows way too much. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body.
Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. The more news we consume, the more we exercise the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading deeply and thinking with profound focus.
Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business. Most news consumers – even if they used to be avid book readers – have lost the ability to absorb lengthy articles or books.