Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I can't

...start my day with the news anymore.

35 Comments:

Blogger Kat said...

Right there with you Jenna. I've found books on tape (on the drive in to work) are an awesome alternative...

October 4, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

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October 4, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I stopped watching television news. I switched to NPR and the difference in the "news" reported is amazing.

October 4, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I thought you banished those words from your vocabulary. I'm sure you meant to say, I won't...".

October 4, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger jackyardbackoff said...

All the news stations are so compromised that you can't trust a single one. They all have an agenda these days. Step back for a month and don't view or listen to anything. Its becomes glaringly obvious that everything we here is one scam or another. Doesn't matter if its fox news or npr, they are pushing one agenda or another and not reporting anything factual. The treatment of Ron Paul is a good late example of such things. We are all left to our own critical thinking to glean any sort of info and try to put together a "best" picture of how the world really works. Rather than trusting press releases pushed out as news stories. (Written on my phone sorry if there are spelling errors)

October 4, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Same here Jenna...

October 4, 2011 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Haven't watched or listened to the news in years. Don't miss it!

October 4, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger NMPatricia said...

I response to Jess, I can't start my day with news - or nearly ever watch it as it affects my mental health so much, so I choose not to do it. I feel bad and try to stay up on the news as much as possible without being having it so negatively impact my mental health!

October 4, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Lorri said...

You definitely aren't the only one. I've severely curtailed what news I read because it all seems bent on making me depressed.

I try to keep up on general things, have a feel for how things are going overall, but details? Too stressful, and IMO not worth what it costs me.

October 4, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Amen to that. It's been over 2 years without TV now and we don't miss it. And I rarely listen to it on the radio during my drive to work. It just brings you down and/or freaks you out. I'm with Kat on the books on tape. And my morning news...is sitting down with a good cup of coffee (complete with lots of chocolatey creamer) and reading a few of my favorite blogs. That's more the kind of 'news' I'd rather fill my head with.

October 4, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

I'm right there with you....

October 4, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

I have not watched tv or listened to the news in years. It has a way of bringing me down and worrying about things I can do nothing about. TV is filled with so much nonsense I can't even be in a room with it on. It might have value if you are watching the right channel I suppose but usually what I see is rubbish.
I read my blogs and enjoy them. If I run across one I don't agree with I can delete it!
Have a great day ladies and gentlemen.

October 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
OpenID jessieimproved said...

I used to watch a certain 24 hour news station all morning. I find that having the television off, I get so much more done and I'm happier for it. I will however listen to NPR from time to time, but mostly in the evening. This way the news doesn't color my entire day.

October 4, 2011 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Me either. I haven't listened to the news in over a year and if something important happens I will hear about it some other way.

Oh, and the books on tape/cd suggestion...I whole heartedly agree!

October 4, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

I read the newspaper in the afternoon, and only a particular newspaper that reports local/state/and a bit of world news. Even though I'm still a kid to most of you, the news makes me plain upset, so I only read the comics and the state section.

October 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Misha said...

I don't recommend finishing your day with the new either....

October 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

While I understand why you would not want to watch TV, I don't much either, I don't understand why you wouldn't want to stay up on the news. I know most of it isn't very uplifting but it is what it is and, I believe, it is our responsibility to be as informed as possible. Without being informed, how can you make intelligent choices in the voting booth. Someone mentioned NPR and that does seem to be about the best choice we have except for those folks who can get Canadian news.

October 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

There might be a bit of a withdrawl, but caffeine and quiet are all I need, now!

October 4, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I just said I can't start my day with it anymore, not that I am not informed. I check website headlines and the radio, but that's all I need.

October 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Mimi's Tapawingo said...

I don't mind listening to the news; I have learned to take everything with a grain of salt - I have learned there is always an off/on switch and a delete button.

October 4, 2011 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger greendria said...

I am in a months-long phase of no news whatsoever. To the point that I didn't even know Osama Bin Laden had been killed for days. It's embaressing, especially for a former journalist and news hound. I know I need to stay informed. But I just can't seem to snap out of it. This past year, the news depresses me, divides me against my neighbor, and my listening to it never seemed to accomplish or help anything. I hope to snap out of it someday.

October 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Music....that's what starts my day. The news can wait until I've had some coffee and my own reality check!

October 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

I agree totally. I only check online to see if there is something that is going to affect my backyard. I cant do a thing about the worlds issues or even the states issues. You cant beleive a thing that comes out of a politations mouth so why bother. I go for DVD's from the library.

October 4, 2011 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Amish Stories said...

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October 4, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger C said...

I totally relate to that. It's to the point where I don't even watch the news at all. I usually follow what interests me online. Anything else is too much

October 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger antvee said...

I mean no disrepect by asking this question, I'm just curious, do any of you vote?

October 4, 2011 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Big Sky Chicken Ranch and Victory Garden said...

I stopped watching the news in the morning on September 12, 2001. Bottom line: the news is bad for my mental health. Yes, I vote, but I must filter the media to stay sane. Po-si-tive vi-bra-tion, Yea-ah.....

October 4, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

for me kids, dogs and chickens start the day better. With coffee.

October 4, 2011 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Elliot said...

I listen to NPR but even there the steady stream of news about angry people who refuse to work with others to find solutions to our problems is really depressing. I have turned it off for awhile and will instead focus on being the change I seek as a compassionate homesteader.

October 4, 2011 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I vote. And I vote my values and heart. I am informed (I work in technology and the internet) and I am not anti-awareness of the world, politics, etc. But I think things were a lot better when a daily paper and 6PM news told us the day's events. This constant, non-stop, barrage of information (most of it hype, or awful, or whatever will keep people looking at the TV) is not a good thing. Intelligence, communication, being aware of candidates and ballots are good. Watching a car chase into a firey ball, celebrity sex scandals, and talking heads are not my type of tv.

October 4, 2011 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Jenna, I think the technical term is "information overload." We are inundated from all angles 24/7/365 anymore. That's why I do no own a smart phone. I do listen to the radio (local news, NPR, music) but rarely turn on the television when I'm by myself. I routinely unplug when I come home from work. Know what? I'm much more productive.

And yes, I vote. I am fiscally conservative, but I vote the issues, not the party platform.

October 4, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

This is what I love about newspapers - I can pick and choose what news I read. I need to know about government and financial news. I want to know about community events, and I really like the comics. And I like useful news - like the newspaper story a couple of weeks ago about a mother-daughter dairy in upstate New York not far from Schoharie that makes wonderful butter (it's called Cowbella). I immediately bought some at the Honest Weight Food Co-op. Now there's news I can use!

October 4, 2011 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Have you tried a good news site? I like gimundo.com (I read it when I'm having a stressful day at work to put things in perspective). I'm a news junkie but try to keep myself in check. The constant barrage of "breaking news" is enough to make me crazy, but I really enjoy and value quality journalism. Walking my dog in the morning sets me off on the right foot (sorry - pun), but my morning drive wouldn't be complete without NPR. Good luck! :)

And yes, I vote. Wouldn't dream of not.

October 4, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Mostly I scan headlines now. Local TV station website, local paper website, NY Times news alerts. I find I can pretty much get the gist of what's going on without wading into the thick of it. If something really does attract my eye, I'll read more, but mostly I just give the headlines a quick once-over and move on.

I am following this "Occupy" movement rather closely though; seems to me it's what we've needed for a while now. I hope it gathers momentum and grows into a true "American Fall" uprising. Then again it could get highjacked by the Dems (a lot of them seem to see it as a Lefty Tea Party) and then be rendered useless. Time will tell.

October 5, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
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