I haven’t watch TV news for probably 20 years. I used to read the newspaper because at least then I had some control over what stories I engaged with and for how long. Now I don’t even do that. Most “breaking news” doesn’t need immediate engagement or action on my part. Somehow I still seem to have awareness of the major issues at hand and find ways to be an active and engaged citizen.
I think it really is a racket to make you believe that you must know all the ins and outs of every breaking story, which will 99% of the time be something upsetting or unpleasant. I remember when the TV show I was watching was interrupted to tell us that Whitney Houston had died. Sad though that was, I didn’t need to know that as soon as possible. I assumed that if they were breaking in like that with news it was about the the death of the president or war declared or something like that — not the unfortunate demise of a popular pop star.