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RE: I have given up current affairs
(10-29-2013 09:27 PM)j r Wrote:  I read The Economist, which gives me the weekly wrap up. I check Bloomberg and FT for economic news. And I read a few particular sites to keep up on economic news, because it's what I do for a living.

Other than that, I could care less about the news cycle. Politics makes people stupid, so I ignore that. And most other news is that scare tactic shit. "The seemingly harmless houseplant that could be secretly killing your family... Stay tuned at 11!"

Yeah I just read the Economist as well, which is more like learning than news anyway.
10-30-2013 08:21 AM
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RE: I have given up current affairs
I would keep reading economic news. Bloomberg, Reuters, WSJ (pushing it on this one).

It's important to know where the money is flowing and where it can be heading. All other news like the Geopolitical crap follows the money secondly. Not to mention it's good to know if your job will be axed next month for whatever reason.
10-30-2013 09:05 AM
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RE: I have given up current affairs
I like the IDEA of doing this, but don't think I could live with a zero (current affairs) information diet.

More practical would be to allocate a certain amount of time per day/week or whatever. I like news consolidation sites that get information from multiple sources since, as everyone has said, news is already so biased that only using one source is beyond ridiculous. It is a bit of a time suck though.

I'd like a genuinely neutral news source that simply reports events. So you can be informed without having to have every last thing filtered through the stupid liberal/conservative lens.
10-30-2013 09:43 AM
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RE: I have given up current affairs
I just stick to Zerohedge.com

I used to be a news junkie and a gloom porn addict but now i just limit myself to 15 mins a day on news and world affairs.

My mind is not as cluttered as much any more.
10-30-2013 06:48 PM
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(10-29-2013 06:51 PM)speakeasy Wrote:  Tim Ferriss mentioned in his 4 hour workweek book that he's on a low-information diet. I'm torn on this topic, because on one hand, I think an informed citizenry is the basis for a healthy democracy. On the other hand, we are overloaded with information, almost all of it gratuitous and of little lasting value. This is especially true in the era of social media where everyone feels they are going to "miss out" on something if they aren't constantly checking their FB and Twitter accounts. I tend to leave NPR on in the background to listen to while I'm doing other tasks. I can hear the major headlines of the day. I feel like for me that is good enough. I don't read any newspapers or magazines with any regularity.

If information is power then back in the day, it was the amount of information that gave you power if we assume power to mean a comparative advantage over other people. Some people simply didn't have access to certain books or academics journals and the like or just didn't care enough to go for the effort needed to acquire them.

These days when information is all over the place and so much material can be found and accessed the internet I think what's going to someone a comparative advantage over other rather is the DEPTH of knowledge rather then the amount. These days any joker with Facebook or any social media can sound well-informed and knowledgeable just by looking at his social media feed and seeing what viral articles written by edgy online publications such as Vice or Cracked are being shared by his friends. The article is of course going to be in list form and have some sort of bacon or dick joke every paragraph to keep him falling asleep and tabbing back to Spankwire. The guy that actually has the attention span and dedication to sit down and read an entire book is going to be the one that has knowledge that other people who mostly read what is essentially literary junk food and porn don't have.
10-30-2013 09:58 PM
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(10-30-2013 05:17 AM)Handsome Creepy Eel Wrote:  
(10-29-2013 08:35 PM)Armenian Wrote:  I just removed Huff Post and Slate from my FB newsfeed. I was getting sick of all the leftist/feminist crap. It was non stop.

I've never had those, but I got rid of New York Times, Cracked and Buzzfeed for the same reason. I am in search of non-feminist/white knight newspaper that covers a reasonable specter of global issues now - New York Times was really good in that regard, but I just couldn't take their bullshit anymore, particularly not after that disgusting "Who needs men" article.

Cracked used to be a bastion of somewhat masculine lampoonery (lots of self-deprecating or self-aggrandizing dick jokes) and now it's a self-congratulatory shithole of feminism and "just-be-yourself-ism". I cut that out of what little I read on the internet and it's made life better.
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11-08-2013 02:40 AM
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