It’s important to consider how digesting such a news diet affects us.
In a TED talk, economist JP Rangaswami compared the health effects of news consumption to those of eating only fast food. He referred to the movie ‘Supersize Me’ where such consumption proved unhealthy.
No doubt there is an ethical dilemma here – telling the news in a compelling manner and in a competitive environment– but toning down the theatrics or sensationalism.
We all wish to keep informed of local and world events, but a constant diet of negative news stories would have us wrongly believe that a higher ratio of bad things happen than good, and that we are vulnerable to these bad things.Continue Reading