Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NEWS MEDIA FAST

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend watching or listening to media?   I'm thinking particularly of news and pseudo-news.   Depending upon your time, schedule and habits it can be quite ubiquitious and probably more than you think.  You might listen to the radio news in the morning as you get ready for your day:  News, traffic, weather, sports,  and other assorted items that the radio show producers have decided are interesting tidbits.  On your drive to work you might have the same program going and at work there may be background stations playing softly, or not so softly.  Once home, the six o'clock news seems the logical thing to put on with after dinner coffee.  You'll notice I haven't even brought up various on-line news sources available like The Huffington Post, Salon or Slate to name a few. 

You will be confronted with world news, political news, local news, regional news, sports news, arts and entertainment news . . .   It is a tsunami of information swooping over you every day.  Is it relevant to your life?   Do you care?   With radio and television it is easy to allow it to blab on and on, only tuning in to items that interest you.  But does your subconscious somehow absorb all the drama?   On the internet we can quickly click past.   But there is always more and more.  Perhaps we fear missing out on some key event that has unfolded and we might look foolish for being caught out unaware.   If World War III starts we want to be in the know.  If you stop to keep track you will likely find that most of what you allow to enter your auditory canal and your visual line of sight is not relevant and not interesting and even possibly distressing and upsetting.    But, you rebut, it's important to keep up with the news.   Sounds like something that was said in school. 

I'm going to hypothesize that this onslaught of information leaves your body and mind vaguely on edge.   You should do something but you are not sure what.   The world is a terrible place,  people do awful things, lots of people seem to have a better or, at least, more extravagant lifestyle.  You should care, you should write to your politician, you should visit that store, that business, you should order tickets, you should take a different route home.  Okay, the last one might actually be useful if it helps you to avoid a traffic jam.


You might find it interesting, not to mention refreshing and relaxing, to take a news media fast for a few days.   A certain calm may envelop you and you will be able to hear your own thoughts.   Creativity will be fostered in the space in your mind that you have created.   If you can ignore the vague uneasiness at being out of the news loop you might find that you enjoy the step away and if not, well, it will be waiting for you.

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