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The News Today, Oh Boy

The all-you-can-eat-menu of daily news is toxic rubbish, argues a Swiss journalist

The News Today, Oh Boy
The News Today, Oh Boy
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2021-02-26T14:56:49+05:30

Audacious, provocative, and utterly persuasive, Stop Reading the News does what a vast majority may be secretly contemplating, but often lack courage to do not just what is possible, but what is increasingly necessary. A rare book that sets out to argue a point that you are likely not to have a deeply settled opinion on, but forces you to work through a series of interconnected views and assumptions to take a call. Witty, clear, and concise, even when the narrative may fail to convince the die-hard news lover, it succeeds in making one think—on how to avoid both reading and watching news for a happier, calmer and wiser life.

Having banished news reading and watching from his life for over a decade, Swiss journalist Rolf Dobelli provides a guide on following his footsteps to reward oneself with less disruption, more time, less anxiety and more insights. The economics and politics of news generation have made the output so addictive that before one realises, news bec­omes to the mind what sugar is to the body. Digitalisation has made news even more potent, its corrosive impact sidles into the brain. The all-you-can-eat-menu of the daily news has become a toxic but compulsive diet.     

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