- David Newton-Dines
- United Kingdom
Managing Director, DJ Squared Limited
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Consuming less NEWS improves one's health...
The media is increasingly obsessed with News. It's increasingly 'cheap' television and for most people drawn into it it is compulsive viewing.
Therein lies the problem. We are hooked on the increasingly sensational aspects of reporting events, with each channel trying desperately to invent alternative spins to outdo one another.
Let me ask a simple question. Name me one item on it that - simply because you saw/consumed it - facilitated a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life?
The reality is that what we are faced with every day does nothing but harm us. We cannot do anything about what we see and knowing about it only makes us worry unduly about that which we cannot affect - especially when they report on that which is genuinely irrelevant.
For example, that fact a bank crashes is really an irrelevance. How those responsible (the culprits) acted, does deserve investigation in order that we may all be more aware of what to look out for in our own banks - but it wasn't, we still have no real idea!
Many studies now have concluded that excessive news consumption can lead to a form of PTSD. Once removed from the source (News broadcasts) the subject recovers.
I feel we should start boycotting stations who spin the facts and demand that all media apportion as much time/space to good news as bad.