I’m thinking about tuning out the news for a week.
No tv, radio, newspaper or internet news for a week. Just to see what it feels like. And to see if I can do it.
Starting now. (I’m thinking about it.)
Update (Tuesday, April 24): The best way to get away from the news — or information overload — is to go camping. The best way is simply to get away. Turning off the radio was a challenge. I was used to having it on in the kitchen most of the time. Jenny had the radio on when I got up this morning. She was listening, so I didn’t turn it off. I heard that Boris Yeltsin died and some train derailed in B.C. or some place. Cutting out tv is no problem. Neither is newspaper, which I only read once a week anyway. But those damn RSS feeds. That’s another story. I haven’t read of any of them, but I’ve cleared them every day, and there must be hundreds throughout the day, and most of them are repeats of the same junk. I realized I probably spend as much time scanning the headlines as I do reading the stories. Check out the top headlines in this morning’s CBC feed: Smith’s cases show need for watchdog, says pathologist — Engineer of derailed train missing in B.C. — Former PMs offer praise for Yeltsin — Lafleur’s bail hearing postponed again — Man accused of killing Laval officer freed on bail — Run-in with intruder leaves N.S. man, 72, shaken — N.B. court convicts man whose home burned during riot — Ontario to keep health tax despite rosy finances — Latest Afghan abuse claims spark cries for O’Connor’s resignation — Ontario quarry open despite aboriginal protests — Climber causes traffic jam on Champlain Bridge — Seniors home resident, 81, charged with murdering roommate — Fire hits Vancouver Island ferry terminal — Campus scare sparked by man with bike seat: Saskatoon police — Yukon reviews surge of human rights complaints — Ottawa idling bylaw gets moving — Ex-cabinet ministers say they acted on pension complaint What’s the use of knowing all this? What difference does it make to my life? I’m thinking about clearing most of my daily RSS feeds and replacing them with weekly feeds instead.
Update (April 26): It lasted about 6 days. That’s enough. I like listening to the radio when I’m in the kitchen, just not absolutely every minute I’m in the kitchen. This morning I heard news about Conrad Black and turned off the radio because that’s one news story I couldn’t be less interested in. Cutting back on useless information is easy. Just turn it off. So I’m not completely off radio (by the way, when I say radio, I always mean the CBC), but I won’t wait through the news anymore hoping it’ll get better when it rarely does. I’ve also said to hell with RSS feeds. They’re all gone. If I can’t make the effort to visit a web site on my own, then chances are I don’t really need to go there. I’m sure I’ll find new ways to waste time online, anyway.