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News is bad for you

Will accumulating facts help you understand the world? Sadly, no. The relationship is inverted. The important stories are non-stories: slow, powerful movements that develop below journalists’ radar but have a transforming effect. The more “news factoids” you digest, the less of the big picture you will understand.

Ever since I stopped writing here over a year ago, I felt I should give this blog a proper closure. Now I have finally found it.

How to Burst the “Filter Bubble” that Protects Us from Opposing Views

“We conclude that an indirect approach to connecting people with opposing views has great potential,” say Graells-Garrido and co.

It’s certainly a start. But whether it can prevent the herding behaviour in which users sometimes desert social media sites overnight, is debatable. But the overall approach is admirable. Connecting people is important when they share similar interests but arguably even more so when their views clash.

An attempt to fight filter bubbles. Sadly, the first application the researchers came up with was improving the retention rate of social networks.

Stop Overdosing on Celebrity Gossip, The News, and Low Quality Info

The world doesn’t need more people who mindlessly digest whatever information is around. What the world needs are people who learn with purpose, who take action on the things that are important to them, and who seek out high quality information as a way to spark creativity — not as an excuse to consume even more.

What type of food are you feeding your brain? You wouldn’t want to stuff your body with low quality food. Why cram your mind with low quality thoughts?

If I were to close this link blog, it should be with this article.