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#351243 - 01/19/11 06:16 PM How do you deal with the media?
Frog Offline

Registered: 08/05/07
Posts: 291
Loc: Arizona
All the negative stuff in the media is overwhelming, how do you deal with it all and still stay informed? or do we even need their inputs into the world around us? should we even pay attention to them?

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: "Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time." When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment, "The one I feed the most."

#351260 - 01/19/11 07:59 PM Re: How do you deal with the media? [Re: Frog]
WriterKeith Offline

Registered: 12/30/10
Posts: 980
I got rid of cable television. No more endless hours clicking a remote, looking for something worthy of watching, or watching 2 programs at once. No more wasted time on TV.

For the past 3 years I have watched movies via Netflix. I watch more documentaries now and learn about issues from several POVs. and a few other Internet sites provide access to current TV programs if I choose.

All of the major news networks provide a web site where YOU choose the story you want to follow. I don't need to hear about a family that was massacred across the continent or a war that "may" or "may not" happen.

Sports can be accessed online as well, in their entirety.

I sleep better, I have more time for exercise and hobbies, and my worries are greatly reduced.....and, I'm saving $60.oo per month!

Edited by WriterKeith (01/19/11 08:00 PM)

#351272 - 01/19/11 11:22 PM Re: How do you deal with the media? [Re: WriterKeith]
SamV Offline

Registered: 12/13/09
Posts: 5971
Loc: Sunnny, South East USA
When I came back from the Weekend of Recovery, I found I watched less and less "over the air" TV.

In fact, I am down to a couple hours a week, NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles. I get the local, national and global news from Yahoo, weather from and sports, well, I can take that or leave it. Well, the Packers are in the playoff, so... a little sports for now.

I hope this helps,

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#351298 - 01/20/11 05:09 AM Re: How do you deal with the media? [Re: SamV]
Daniel_forgotten Offline

Registered: 02/07/09
Posts: 479
no tv, just ipod... only selected 'economy, politics, science and technology' ... it's a smart solution if you ask me..

#351434 - 01/21/11 05:44 AM Re: How do you deal with the media? [Re: Daniel_forgotten]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
I've decided that the usual programming on TV doesn't help me. I watch news (BBC, ABC and PBS). I watch the Mentalist. I often watch ABC's Nightline.


#351443 - 01/21/11 06:54 AM Re: How do you deal with the media? [Re: pufferfish]
dark empathy Offline

Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 2686
Loc: durham, north england
Quite apart from any sort of recovery issue or bad feelings, I don't watch tv because most tv is, ---- well crap!

It all seems to be celebrity this that and the other, or reality programs, both of which I find utterly pointless. In fact the only things I watch on tv these days are dr. who, the bbc series being human and occasionally dragons den, ---- it's actually at the point where I'm going to phone the license authority and have my tv license revoked sinse I could probably buy! the amount of stuff I watch on dvd for the price I'm paying for the tv license.

My parents have the full sky thing with all the channels, and quite honestly the only things i really watch there are the simpsons and futurama.

For news, I use classic fm or occasionally the bbc website if there's anything interesting enough for me to want to chase up.

To answer the initial question though, about negativity in the news, I just tend to remember that the media are sensation mongering scumbags, and anything you hear is only the 5 percent of the truth which the news agencies have deemed that the public would find interesting.

My brother is a criminal solicitor, and he's actually said that %90 of crime is caused by pure stupidity, and what you hear on the news is usually so distorted it's ridiculous.

For politics and events, well any faith I ever had in the British government went out the window the day I ran around the streets of london with close to a million other people saying that we did not want a war, ---- and the government not only went ahead, but did not even tell the truth about the reasn they engaged in it in the first place, so nothing political or economic could really give me a worse opinion or cause me more concern anyway.

And occasionally on the news, I will here something good, something interesting, or something which makes me remember that there are! good people in the world afterall, and it's certainly worth it for that, rare as those moments may be.


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