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Why Watching the News is Bad For You

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2013-01-18 06:17:02 EST
Rating: 1.55 on 12 ratings (18 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

Because it directs your thoughts.

Sitting in front of whichever news network you “trust” the most, listening to people argue about shit, watching political pundits and field-specific experts blather on about unimportant nonsense, what are you thinking about? Today, for example, is the big Lance Armstrong debacle. Who fucking cares. Will you care in a month? Does this have any effect on your life? Fuck no it doesn't, but you’re watching it, and you’re thinking about it, and for a day or two it’s floating around in your brain.

Last week it was the disastrous interview with Piers Morgan and that gun-nut douchebag who demanded that Morgan be deported because of his position on guns. That was huge and not only did you see it live, but you saw clips of it, then people talking about for endless hours not just on TV but on radio. Will you give a shit in a month? Nope. What were people talking about today, exactly one year ago? My guess is some dumb trivial bullshit that entered our minds, then left just as quick, like snake poison sucked out of a wound. I actually looked this up: Last year, exactly, the top story was about a cruise ship that crashed in Italy. Images of rescue workers climbed up the side, and emergency crews searched everywhere for passengers. Rescue workers were setting off explosions to get further in to the ship!

Here’s a little philosophy for you. Whatever is in front of us, to a degree, influences our thoughts and thinking. When watching/reading/listening to angry rhetoric or nonsense, you’re thinking about it. Would you rather spend time with someone who stares at a pile of shit (and by extension thinks about shit) all day long, or with someone who stares at the cosmos and thinks about the cosmos? Here comes my point.

There are better things to think about. And, the news makes a big deal out of everything just to please its sponsors. And, most of everything on the news isn’t even really news!

News networks operate like any other business. They’re motivated by profit. This isn’t a bad thing, because the economy is based on businesses offering a product or service, and then people consuming it, and then the business making a few bucks. So what. However, my issue is with how dramatized every hour is on every news channel and on every talk show, every minute of every god damned fucking miserable fucking day.

I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, but my guess is that he was furious about something today. Just like he was furious about something two weeks ago, and two years ago, and so on. He feigns this ferocity to get people to listen, to get you to listen to his sponsors, to make money.
How do you feel listening to someone rage about $10,000 allocated by the federal government to research the thickness of baby diapers? In his fat fucking whiney fatass voice, he says, “This is OUR government tax dollars at work here folks. YOUR money being spent on this nonsense. YOUR hard-earned, wait we need to take a break.”

When you watch a baby smile, you’re thinking about beautiful babies and the wonder of life and all that. When you listen to Glenn Beck vomit in understandable words, you think about vomit. You choose: the miracle of life, or puke?

The fix:

Have a news channel that summarizes important events once a week for an hour, or immediately if there’s actually news to report. Have this news channel sponsored and run by the people. Have zero advertising. And have the reporter’s salaries and employment contingent upon quality and accuracy.
This way, we can all get accurate, non-dramatized news so we’re connected to what’s happening in the world.

Watching today’s news is like willfully taking a snake’s fangs and licking off the poison.

Murphy



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Submitted by Tom Sorrell at 2013-01-22 08:07:53 EST (#)
Rating: 1

What we need are some pirate journalists who avoid conspiracy theories, sounding crazy and becoming part of the story while still maintaining their sense of ethics.

Wait, those people are dead. Or broke. Or both. *rimshot*

Submitted by beeltea at 2013-01-21 08:40:24 EST (#)

"Have a news channel that summarizes important events once a week for an hour, or immediately if there’s actually news to report. Have this news channel sponsored and run by the people."

Yeah. Right. That worked so well before. Who are "these people" who are going to run it?

Submitted by RoadSong at 2013-01-20 02:03:49 EST (#)
Rating: 2

I get my news from Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart,news is just a joke anyway.

Submitted by SilvrWolf at 2013-01-19 22:21:59 EST (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by grÜeMaster emeritus and uberlord supreme at 2013-01-19 12:40:29 EST (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Sacrilicious at 2013-01-18 19:22:13 EST (#)
Rating: 2

Here’s a little philosophy for you. Whatever is in front of us, to a degree, influences our thoughts and thinking. When watching/reading/listening to angry rhetoric or nonsense, you’re thinking about it. Would you rather spend time with someone who stares at a pile of shit (and by extension thinks about shit) all day long, or with someone who stares at the cosmos and thinks about the cosmos? Here comes my point.
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If irony were lethal, you'd have killed all of uber dead.

Submitted by Yozz at 2013-01-18 10:44:49 EST (#)
Rating: 2

Bringin the funny, below.

Submitted by Fucking foul at 2013-01-18 09:07:21 EST (#)

What you are suggesting is called COMMUNISM and it's ILLEGAL in this country.

Submitted by FALLEN at 2013-01-18 08:52:55 EST (#)

the Kardashians? yep

"ohh whats is got in its ass, precious? A cock! black cockses!"

Submitted by redskieslookfake at 2013-01-18 08:47:00 EST (#)

stupid fat hobbitses

Submitted by FALLEN at 2013-01-18 08:35:30 EST (#)
Rating: 2

didn't hear anything about Spain on the edge of economic colapse
DID hear every last detail about what black guy what ever Kardashian sister was fucking that week.
'Merica

Submitted by i_can_get_you_a_toe at 2013-01-18 08:31:08 EST (#)
Rating: 2

'When Spain was going tits up and riots were everywhere, the US news sources had ZERO reporting on that. I found a one paragraph blip, on CNN world news page, a few clicks in. '


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Didn't really get reported here in middle earth either, found out about Spain going to shit through Facebook. And that was only because I "liked" the occupy movement.

Submitted by FALLEN at 2013-01-18 08:24:36 EST (#)
Rating: 2

if there is some big US news story, I will see what the usual mouths are saying (CNN,fox, HLN, the networks) then if I really care enough, I'll check BBC or some other country to get a different take on the same story.

Most times, it's a very different picture.

also, I find the American news outlets report very little. When Spain was going tits up and riots were everywhere, the US news sources had ZERO reporting on that. I found a one paragraph blip, on CNN world news page, a few clicks in.

TL:DR yeah, what Murphy said.

Submitted by i_can_get_you_a_toe at 2013-01-18 08:06:10 EST (#)
Rating: 2

Skrapmetal went to the depths of sarcasm but didn't pull out in time so ultimately didn't survive.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2013-01-18 07:56:23 EST (#)

Submitted by Redskies at 2013-01-18 06:19:30 EST (#)

you mean like the BBC?
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Yes. He means like the BBC. Not BBC America, though. It's nearly as biased as CNN. He means bbc.co.uk. Laudable news organization, that.

Hey, Al Jazeera (until recently owned, and still largely controlled by the oil-supported government of Qatar) recently bought Al Gore's anti-fossil fuel propaganda project Current TV for five hundred million petrodollars! Maybe there's real unbiased news there? No? OK.

Submitted by kitchens_closed at 2013-01-18 07:47:57 EST (#)
Rating: -1

zzzz

Submitted by i_can_get_you_a_toe at 2013-01-18 07:43:20 EST (#)
Rating: 2


I liked this rant


The news in New Zealand is crap, we don't have journalists, we only have puppets who get given a new witch hunt every month.

Cigarettes are KILLING OUR CHILDREN

Legal synthetic 'weed' is causing addicts which Is KILLIMG OUR CHILDREN

Poor people on welfare KILLING CHILDREN by being poor.

Alcohol, however, does not seem to kill your children -I guess that's because even the mega rich drink booze - which has never harmed anyone ever.

Submitted by redskieslookfake at 2013-01-18 06:19:30 EST (#)

you mean like the BBC?


But let me tell you, the slim lazy Homer you knew is dead. Now I'm a
big fat dynamo.

-- Homer Simpson
King-Size Homer