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I read the news today..that wasn’t very smart.

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a1957 3/15/2019 - 11:59 pm

i find news I read has to be picked carefully because it can create a lot of anxiety. What did that news you read make you feel like?

headupunderdarkcloud 3/16/2019 - 12:24 am

In particular the shootings in New Zealand. But later, I went to my city’s local mosque, for the first time, to show support. And just seeing the amount of people who came out from the community to do the same and share compassion, was actually a pretty beautiful thing.

Klownisak 3/16/2019 - 7:13 pm

I saw that shooter’s livestream video circulating around Twitter of him just mercilessly shooting people. It’s awful, really.

a1957 3/16/2019 - 8:17 pm

With that show of support, something beautiful came out of something ugly.

Once 3/16/2019 - 12:14 am

The news. The news. The news.

Hmm.

I thought if I said it three times it would go away. Nope.

It’s still on. It’s always on. It’s the news. And it’s all just a silly joke, brought to us by Ken and Barbie.

headupunderdarkcloud 3/16/2019 - 12:37 am

There’s certainly a theme to the lions share of reporting.. So much doom, so much gloom. The cool thing would be if broadcasts had to meet some kind of 50/50 standard, one positive story, (like a scientific advancement, or even just some relatable piece of history), for every like, “People were slaughtered today due largely to increasing polarization and vapid misappropriation of identity” piece.

Once 3/16/2019 - 11:01 am

There’s a saying that supposedly is used to determine the hierarchy of stories for any typical news broadcast – “If it bleeds, it leads.” This explains why the many stories of murder and brutality all run first, well before the human interest stuff. And, of course, they are only providing the information that the majority of us find fascinating, similar to the entertainment industry. We pay for death and violence with our popcorn because many of us need and enjoy it. It’s just our nature. Like HopeDreamLove says, it’s best to avoid it for many of us sensitive types. It’s a small thing we can do to improve our situations a bit.

Hope Dream Love 3/16/2019 - 1:47 am

Yeah I completely avoid the news it makes me physically hurt inside. Although it’s nice to know I’m not the only one that hates the news. It’s always causing panic attacks and just make my depression sooo much worse.

Hope Dream Love 3/16/2019 - 2:07 am

Oh right I deliver the NEWS paper. Which I’m currently doing. I need a new job.

a1957 3/16/2019 - 8:29 pm

If, while you are avoiding the mass media news, a war breaks out, don’t worry, someone will tell you. I was sound asleep when the second airplane hit the the World Trade Center. Shortly after that impact, I was awakened from a sound sleep by a phone call inquiring, “Do you know what is going on?”
Truly though, my anxiety levels dropped off dramatically about a month after weening off indiscriminate news watching. Ironically, I don’t need the anxiety medications they advertise precisely because I don’t watch the programming that promotes it.

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