Is Not Following the News a Bad Thing?

It seems to be a popular opinion, generally amongst the older generation, that a well balanced and educated person follows current events. Maybe this is leftover from a time when all important events were passed on via newspaper or television but it's starting to seem less important to me. What passes for 'news' through most media sources is viewer bait, propaganda pushing an agenda or not relevant to my life. Really important information will be absorbed if you talk to people or use the internet. Is consciously abstaining from current events a valid option? Phone Post 3.0

well, there are ways to obtain the news that aren't as biased, and when something happens you can wait to pass judgement and not be swayed by the opinions of those who are presenting it to you.

The OG is not an example of this tbh.

LoL at saying the media corrupts news, but you're willing to get it from your friends! Phone Post 3.0

Ive been avoiding it as much as possible. We are constantly flooded with all the bullshit going on the world over and the news actually makes the situation worse. It cant be good for us.

I barely ever watch any news outside of the OG. Sometimes I feel like an asshole when I don't know what's going on in my area. That's about all. Phone Post 3.0

You watch the news these days? It's unbelievable. You think you just walk out your door, you're immediately gonna be raped by some crack-addicted, AIDS-infected pitbull. Look outside chirp chirp, chirp chirp. - Bill Hicks Phone Post 3.0

Trying to get real news is freaking frustrating. I tend to switch between Foxnews, CNN, BBC, and NPR to try and make a rough estimate of something in the middle of them all.

The way they feed you their own hidden agenda these days is sickening. It's like if they repeat the same bullshit enough times it makes it more true than the real truth.

What do you need the news for? Phone Post 3.0

Used to watch but had to stop. Nothing but fear mongering. It's a dangerous world people,don't leave your frickin' house.

Poop Doodle - What do you need the news for? Phone Post 3.0
That's kinda what I'm saying. There was a time when the news helped bring people together, shared experience, water cooler kind of thing. To say news 'brings people together' now makes me cringe. Phone Post 3.0

I also consciously don't vote. When there are two sides to chose from, both nearly identical and neither seems to make any major changes I choose to bow out. Maybe I'm a nihilist. Phone Post 3.0

HolyHackZack - I also consciously don't vote. When there are two sides to chose from, both nearly identical and neither seems to make any major changes I choose to bow out. Maybe I'm a nihilist. Phone Post 3.0

Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.

The OG is my news source Phone Post 3.0

johndoe1983 -
HolyHackZack - I also consciously don't vote. When there are two sides to chose from, both nearly identical and neither seems to make any major changes I choose to bow out. Maybe I'm a nihilist. Phone Post 3.0
If you're not happy then do something for change. If you sit down and take it, youre just a flaccid victim lol Phone Post 3.0
'I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -- who did not even leave the house on Election Day -- am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.' Phone Post 3.0

I think some people need to follow the news and others would be better served avoiding it. If you find the news troubles you, but you aren't likely to do anything constructive to feel better about it, then it is probably just a source of pointless negativity that you could let go.

I don't have cable, don't give a shit.
The og is the only place I get news and I'm fine with that. :) Phone Post 3.0

DESTROYERoCHOADS - I used to watch news alot but now the only thing it does is piss me off. Phone Post 3.0
This!

Been watching less and less. Phone Post 3.0

My friends who watch the news tend to be more annoying to speak with compared to those that don't. Coincidence? Maybe.

But really.. When I hang out with someone on one of my days off.. I don't want to have a serious conversation with you about Ferguson and I sure as hell don't want to hear about your thoughts on ISIS. Phone Post 3.0

Nope Phone Post 3.0

Not many things more pathetic than a grown person with no idea what's going on in the world....