Dear News Media: I quit

I am officially done with the news.

And I’m talking seriously done. No rss feeds. No magazines. No TV (actually I gave that up months ago).

If the apocalypse is happening somebody please tell me. Otherwise, I don’t want to know.

I should have given it up after 9/11 gave me panic attacks.

I attribute my high level of anxiety this past week to the financial debacle.

And I know I’m not the only one. People don’t want to talk about the current financial situation. Or they are angry about it. Or whatever. It’s too much drama.

The news people have gotten too good at getting us sucked in. It’s too powerful and too endless. All the drama is endless.

And there is nothing I can do about it.

So, I’m over it. I have enough drama in my own life. There is nothing I can do about terrorism, Washington spoiled brats, the billions of starving people all around the globe. I can’t help. All I can do is worry. That doesn’t seem to be doing any good.

I’m done.

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  1. 8/11/2011

    Welcome to Nirvana, my friend. You are making a very strong and powerful choice, just like me quitting smoking on Aug 22. I like yours better. I did that this summer, and it was divine. Some chick may have killed her baby, and she was acquitted, and that’s about all I know. Bliss. Now, there are big things going on that sometimes we can have a (teeny-tiny) affect on. Though they may get the wrong food, or worse it will be hijacked by pirates, we could send a couple bucks to red cross. It may help. We can vote. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t help, but I’m gonna go with Occam’s razor on this one. What the hell. But, man, I’m gonna turn the news off the week before and after voting day. What a shitstorm! I don’t think Shakespeare would mind if we switched “Life’s” with “News is”:

    “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”

    I fully stand behind your decision. If you help me quit smoking, I’ll help you quit the news.

  2. sage

    How do you do that!?
    That quote is really great.

    It does feel a bit like an addiction. As soon as I wrote this I wondered if I was making a mistake. I am sure I’ll miss it.

    But I think my life will be better without it.

    And big stories will seep into my life, I’m sure. I might actually be more inclined to help in some way I can if I’m less shocked and appalled by what I’m seeing on all the news channels.

    If something big is happening and you think I should donate let me know. Just tell me where to send the money. But that’s pretty much all I want to know.

    I’ll still vote. But I don’t think the news does anything to influence my decisions on those matters. It just causes my blood pressure to rise. That’s the job of the news these days, imo. It isn’t to inform. It’s just to make me angry or sad.

    Maybe there will be a time in my life when I can stop everything and go to these centers of catastrophe to help in person. But that time is not now in my life.

    Thanks for your support. I actually was a little sad in that we wouldn’t have all our “The Week” conversations. But we’ve moved through many phases in our lives. The news does not define our relationship. We are much bigger than that.

  3. sage

    Yeah. I’ll miss that.

  4. 8/15/2011

    I admire the resolve but I don’t know if I can do it. For one thing I listen to an hour or two of NPR on my commute; there’s nothing else worth listening to on the radio and unless I put a CD play in my car I’d go crazy(er). But I totally agree that for the most part you just hear about a bunch of things you can’t control…

    I see you changed you blog theme. It is pretty nice but I’m not sure I want to look up your nose in the background image. Although it does serve as a very graphic suggestion that by reading the blog we’re ‘getting inside your head’.

  5. sage

    I definitely miss it already. But I also missed drinking and smoking. I think news was causing more negativity in my life than value.

    If I drove for a length of time it would be a lot harder. I loved NPR too.

    I didn’t think about the nose thing.

    I planned on swapping out the background picture every so often. I might do that sooner than later :)

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