Stop Reading the News: A Manifesto for a Happier, Calmer and Wiser Life
News is to the mind what sugar is to the body.
In 2013 Rolf Dobelli stood in front of a roomful of journalists and proclaimed that he did not read the news. It caused a riot. Now he finally sets down his philosophy in detail. And he practises what he preaches: he hasn't read the news for a decade.
Stop Reading the News is Dobelli's manifesto about the dangers of the most to...more
Back when I used to read newspapers almost everyday, I do sometimes feel a sense of hopelessness over what I see as a bleak future. Headlines would predominantly feature tragedy after tragedy, followed by grim forecasts about the environment/world ...more
On the whole, this book feels like it was written on a dare - rapidly and thoughtlessly, and with no proper grounding in research.
Dobelli has some good arguments, but because they aren’t met by what the majority of the world still believes and argues for it just sounds like a kid in a high school debate, throwing points at you that no one ever claimed were untrue in the first place. He also repeats his arguments over an ...more
Just because a piece of information makes the news does not make it into knowledge and certainly not understanding. Just because it’s “urgent” does not make it important. Over time you can develop understanding and knowledge of a subject by reading books - not news.
This book presents at least 22 arguments against the consumption of the news. Who is the author?
Rolf Dobelli is a Swiss author and businessman. He began his writing career as a novelist in 2002, but he is best known ...more
News is irrelevant. Since news operations are out to make money by capturing eyeballs and eardrums, they do not focus on what’s important but on what captures attention. Cr ...more
There are lots of good points, here is a list of the arguments:
News is irrelevant
News is outside your circle of competence
News gets risk assessment all wrong
News is a waste of time
News obscures the big picture
News is toxic to your body
News confirms our mistakes
News reinforces hindsight bias
At the time, I was coming to the end of writing my own book about the news, Bad News: what the headlines don't tell us. Fear, then, that another book would have pre-empted me and excitement that a book on a similar topic was piled up on a table at the front of a Waterstones. Very few printed books make it into a bookshop, let alone into piles at the front of a mainstream one. Hope therefor ...more
Fascinating read and clearly defined arguments as to the reasons why constantly consuming from news media is not good for us, not just for our mental health but it doesn’t fundamentally improve our knowledge of the what’s happening in the world, doesn’t make us more informed or any more in control about what impacts us. Don’t believe me? Read this first then discuss!
"By now you were never really finished reading the news; you couldn't be, there was always another headline to read, and by the time you had exhausted those ones, the others already had new headlines and new news."
This was such an interesting read. Trying to understand where the author's mindset is with not reading the news.
He make good points and explanation in some however I do not agree with other things he said.
The book lays down arguments on why reading world news is irrelevant to our overall understanding of the world, hinders us from actually making change in the world for the better, and ultimately does not add anything to our decision-making, self-development and well being.
It suggests to focus on our “circle of competence”, and opt for deep-reading ...more
Leaving this aside there is one suggest ...more