The news is so old that it became ingrained in peoples lives without them even realizing how useless it is. Ok, maybe not all news is crap, but there's so much of it, that it becomes your job to filter it trying to find the good stuff. It's not worth the effort.
Think about it, how many times were you affected by something in the news? And even if you were, what were you able to do with that knowledge? You spend so much time following the news, and the only thing you do with it is having small talk to chat with people?
Since a few years ago I noticed that I learned nothing with news, it didn't add any value to my life, and I decided to avoid it. What I learned is:
- I have more time for other things;
- I have less chance of changing my mood because of things happening far away from me;
- People enjoy talking to you about the news that you didn't know about, so you can still have conversations;
- People will filter the news for you, they will tell you about important things they think you might care about.
And then comes the internet. I got addicted to Hacker News, some Reddit subs and I tend to read a lot of blogs. But I noticed it's becoming less valuable each day.
Blogs today abuse of sensationalist titles in posts that don't deliver. From my big list of articles on Pocket, I have just 8 as favorites. Even on Hacker News which is a pre-filtered news site, it's common to find bad articles that say nothing.
And then there's also the problem of context. When you get a book, you'll have context for it, is it for beginners or an advanced book? But on blogs, there's no context at all.
So, yeah, maybe we should just ignore it and focus on doing stuff with what we already know and get things done.