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So, I'm considering taking a 2-3 month break from news. I feel uncomfortable with this bec its only due to my privileged life that I even have the option to "disengage for awhile" But I also feel a exhausted and increasingly angry.

Anybody got any advice?
Anybody done something similar?
Anybody think I should just tough it out stay informed and stay engaged?

Mental Health, Politics 

@JacobTeasdale this is something I've been working towards for a while. I also felt strongly that it was important to be informed, however I have recently come to the conclusion that watching the news != to being informed. I just saw a tv news channel that was showing Foo Fighters busking in Pike Place. this is not news thats worthy of being informed of. Real stories of any importance are not shown here. Long form articles and books are where I am trying to consume 1/2

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@JacobTeasdale Any truly important news I will hear about from word of mouth and can choose to look it up. However, the real issue I have found is actively not tuning out of content that doesn't matter is hard. It's like a drug. The other way I try to frame it in my mind is "can I do anything about this issue?" if not, it's likely just entertainment. especially in the age of a global corporate media. Small independent outlets I have more grace for. I support you! 2/2

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@markjperkins
Thanks Mark, I really appreciate you. Over the past view years my method of being "informed" has shifted primarily to podcasts. Specifically

Majority Report
Pod Save America
NPR - various podcasts

The trouble I'm having is really this, My life is wonderful. The more I learn about the world the more clear it becomes that my wonderful life exists within boundaries established by the systematic exclusion and subjugation of "others".
commentary/philosophy.

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@markjperkins

So it is quite common that I hear about an issue (I.e. family separation at the border) and I see no tangible way to help. But I also feel a responsibility to know what is happening, even if only as a sort of solidarity and bearing witness.

That being said, maybe it is best that I pull back from the day to day news/headlines and focus on reading long form history/political

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@JacobTeasdale thanks for your kind words. My situation is a bit different in that I'm in Canada and so I have heard a lot about the border separation issue, but there is literally nothing i can do about that sadly.

I feel you on the podcasts, and agreed that including those excluded others is a big part of making longterm change.

if you can't take care of yourself you can't take care of others, so if you are struggling right now, look after yourself first :)

Mental Health, Politics 

@JacobTeasdale the world won't fall apart because you didn't hear about the latest terror attack in another country that you literally have no control over.

Mental Health, Politics 

@JacobTeasdale if you’re not comfortable completely disengaging (although my recommendation is to completely disengage for a while), I recommend setting a specific time a day/week where you read (a small number of) paper newspapers. It will help you re-enter a slower news cycle and will decrease the likelihood of wading through clickbait and actual “fake news.”

Mental Health, Politics 

@JacobTeasdale also, setting a dedicated time for consuming news will help you manage the awful feelings a 24 hour news cycle creates in you (like anxiety, fear, dread). If you are unable to access paper newspapers, you should be able to use a non-social media tool to create a literal newsfeed from a small number of diverse and *reputable* sources. Good luck and remember: taking care of yourself is not being selfish.

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@tifa
Thank you. Thats really helpful. I needed to hear that "taking care of yourself is not being selfish" Its something id say to a loved one... but it seems, I dont say it to myself.

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