Staying Informed Without the News

Taking responsibility for how you receive information

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1. Watch Sports!

My favorite is football also known as soccer. You can even go further to becoming a consistent supporter of a team. Now, I understand that there is a news media system in sports also. But it is not as vile as politics, so it is healthy. Also, listening to TV people talk about sports or analyze sports is something I consider unwise. Why will you sit with sports analysis when it’s not like you’re planning to become a sports manager or a player? The point here is to enjoy the game. Find sports and games to watch and enjoy. The more you develop your interest in them, the more they become interesting to you. That’s very much better than information about the latest politician playing games with social development

2. Listen to the big players on Twitter

Recently, I have cut the middlemen when listening to what I want to know on the news. Instead of listening to a report, I listen to what the very person says. This is so powerful.

3. Watch short videos on YouTube or other platforms

Sometimes there are things you just need to see on the news. Instead of tuning in and get fed with junks sandwiched into what you really wanted to listen to, you can take this option. If you use cable TV and can record, just record what you deem important that you can to watch later. If you have to watch it live and it is reported, it’s probably fancy junk. Another option is to watch the video on YouTube or other serious video sharing platforms online. I like the interviews where a well informed, sound and responsible individual gets to interview someone holding a major position. For that, I refer to the specific videos.

4. Be a newsmaker

Don’t be a spectator in life. Be a part of making something good happen. Have a responsibility. This is more than having a job; it’s about having a life’s work. Without it, one will just be a dumping ground for all kinds of ideas. Without it, other people will thrive on giving you false hope and dashing your “hope” against the wall. Each person in the world needs a responsibility to pour their passion into. This will take away the need and desire to be worried about the government and other related things. This means you become someone that really has the capacity to change things. Join a group, start a club, join an association, etc. Be involved in doing something to become a decision-maker (no matter how small a decision-maker) in the things you truly care about.

5. Have sincere conversations with friends and groups

Instead of watching the news, I prefer a friend just give me a 2 sentence summary. The media does not deserve that much of my time (to give me worries about things I cannot change). The general public is a professional world when it comes to inaction. Some would like to take action but most are being discouraged by the same information that tells them about the problem. So, a 2 sentence summary from a friend who is closer to the source of information is much better. Also, a conversation among friends where you can ask questions and keep the information productive is very good. And also platforms like Medium where real people simplify these noisy situations helps a lot. The point here is that real people trumps paid professionals when it comes to knowing what is really happening in the society.

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