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Weekend read: News is bad for you

Weekend Read

My recommended read for this weekend comes from The Guardian, which makes its content all the more surprising. In an extract from his book, Rolf Dobelli argues that people should stop reading, listening to, and watching the news. He says it’s bad for you. He issues a very telling challenge:

Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business. The point is: the consumption of news is irrelevant to you.

I think he might have a point; but I see that as reflecting the lamentable state of the news media, rather than a criticism of news itself. Either way, it’s an interesting read.

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