Prescription for news consumption: Once a day is plenty

A recollection of spending too much time following bad info on CNN and Twitter during the Boston Marathon bombing suspect manhunt:

Finally, load up your favorite newspaper’s home page. Spend about 10 minutes reading a couple of in-depth news stories about the events of the day. And that’s it: You’ve now caught up with all your friends who spent the past day and a half going out of their minds following cable and Twitter. In fact, you’re now better informed than they are, because during your self-imposed exile from the news, you didn’t stumble into the many cul-de-sacs and dark alleys of misinformation that consumed their lives. You’re less frazzled, better rested, and your rain gutters are clear.

via Boston bombing breaking news: Don’t watch cable. Shut off Twitter. You’d be better off cleaning your gutters. – Slate Magazine.


Want to be healthier? Give up news


I don’t know a single truly creative mind who is a news junkie – not a writer, not a composer, mathematician, physician, scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter. On the other hand, I know a bunch of viciously uncreative minds who consume news like drugs. If you want to come up with old solutions, read news. If you are looking for new solutions, don’t.

via News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Media | The Guardian.

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Korean crisis not all about US

It’s easy to forget, if you read the U.S. media, that North Korea’s conflict isn’t really with the United States. The North Korean military can’t do a heck of a lot against the USA.

On the other hand, it could inflict a lot of damage on South Korea, even if it meant the North Korean military would quickly be wiped out in retaliation. If North Korea wants to go out in a blaze of glory, it’s South Korea that would suffer.

Which is why it’s so reassuring to read things like this:

The South Korean media have also been measured in their coverage. When North Korea vowed last week to restart its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, South Korean newspapers devoted more space to government plans to grant tax breaks to home buyers. On Naver, the country’s most popular web portal, the most read news item last week was about Ryu Hyun-jin, a South Korean baseball pitcher who made his debut for the LA Dodgers.

via North Korea readies missile launch as fears of a covert cyberwar grow | World news | The Observer.