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Going Clear [Apr. 18th, 2019|08:13 am]
Tony Grist
I haven't looked at a newspaper once since we came away.

Alright, that isn't quite true- I read a couple of articles about Notre Dame, but that was a story that was all over the Net and I clicked onto the newspaper pieces for further information.

I intend to keep up a similar regime once we get home.

The Telegraph may be hard to avoid because we have it delivered to the house and I don't intend to stop doing the crossword- but I've broken the habit of clicking first thing on the Guardian site and then on the Mail site- and can't see a reason for taking it up again.

Reading newspapers is a bad habit- like smoking. You're ingesting a distorted view of the world and it doesn't make you happy.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-04-18 10:36 am (UTC)

No it doesn't make you happy. But I find that if I keep in mind the humans and political philosophy of each paper I read, it's like a jigsaw puzzle of one piece fitting where another one won't.
I rather like my morning coffee and newspapers though keeping a clear and balanced mind is essential. Consider the source.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-18 04:18 pm (UTC)
I've always liked reading the papers at breakfast too. It's a habit of long standing. But I'm beginning to think I might be happier if I stopped.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-04-18 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well then, you should do what makes you happier!
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2019-04-18 12:09 pm (UTC)
A different perspective isn't *necessarily* a distorted view, though - it's only that; a different perspective ... As 'pondhopper' says, it's important to consider the source, and evaluate from there.

Regardless, any pastime that doesn't enhance your life is one that can safely be dispensed with - and I support anyone taking steps to make better use of their time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-18 04:21 pm (UTC)
All perspectives are distorted. And all media start from the assumption that the things they bang on about- whether it be politics, celebrities, sport or television- are way more important than they actually are.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2019-04-18 05:33 pm (UTC)
So, if all perspectives are distorted, then newspapers cannot be as bad a habit as you are claiming, because in this respect, they are no different to any other media.

'Importance' is a relative value bestowed upon topics by individual consumers, not distributors.

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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-04-18 05:18 pm (UTC)
I agree to some extent. I do prefer to read the Guardian and often look at it online now rather than in print.
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