No, don’t worry, I’m not going to write every day about my experiment of living without news. However, once in a while, I may post a few thoughts about it, because else, what is the point of telling you about this experiment if I don’t share my “findings”, problems, issues, questions with you?
So far so good, I have no idea of what happened in the world since my last post, although please remember that my goal is not to become ignorant of what’s going on in the world, but to cut my addiction (and why not yours, because you’re addicted to the news too, admit it).
However, my first question arose as soon as I started unfollowing news organization from my social media feeds and streams.
Now, that I have stopped receiving real time updates from the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Le Monde and more, what should I do with not organizations, but people who are strongly related to the news, especially journalists, but not only. I mean, people like Jeff Jarvis, Nicholas Kristof, Hiroko Tabuchi, but also Michael Moore and a few others? Should I unfollow them too?
I see two aspects here:
- The case for unfollowing: they are journalists and/or talk mostly about the news, so they are news sources too.
- The case for still following them: they are people, not organizations, and my point is to not be dependent on news organizations (or at least less dependent), having people as news sources is ok. Also, they don’t only talk about the news, and when they do, it’s not as much as “breaking news” as it is about analysis and commentary.
So as for now, I decided to keep on following them, but try to avoid their posts, tweets and comments are much as possible.
The other issue I have early on are people who retweet or share news organizations. Once again, while not turning a blind eye on them, I’m trying to avoid those retweets and shares. In other words, if I see it, so be it, but I won’t click on the link.
That’s it for today about my life without news. I’ll come back in a few days with more details, or something completely different, we’ll see.
I’m interest what you think about it, so please, do not hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks.