I'm working in a little restaurant cafe.
An all-the-time news channel is on the TV.
Wow, it's distracting.
They pump every story as if it's of crucial importance, but the majority of them are trivial and will be forgotten tomorrow.
There's nothing to help influence individual or group decisionmaking.
Nothing for development.
Lots of political squabbling, talking about violence, and the occasional (less than 10% of the time) positive "human interest story" mixed in.
I set down to work, and was tracking it by time... I lost 40 minutes, because I kept getting sucked in. "XYZ Important Thing In Iran -- Could This Be The End Of The World? Stay Tuned."
It's mind-scrambling, almost entirely negative, irrelevant, has no practical effect on any important decisions, doesn't guide action...
...it's no good at all.
I'm still in the restaurant, but I've got electronic music on with no noise.
Do you have ever have news on around you? You might want to rethink that somehow, even if you can barely hear it. This stuff seems like it's designed to scramble your mind.
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