Stop reading the news : a manifesto for a happier, calmer and wiser life / Rolf Dobelli ; translated by Caroline Waight.
By: Dobelli, Rolf.
Contributor(s): Waight, Caroline.Material type: BookCall no.: PN4731 .D63 2020Publication: London : Sceptre, 2020Description: viii, 160 p.Notes: Originally published in Germany in 2019 by Piper Verlag GmbH, München / Berlin.ISBN: 9781529342680 (pbk.); 1529342686 (pbk.).Subject(s): Broadcast journalism | Press | Thought and thinking | Self-actualization (Psychology)
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Originally published in Germany in 2019 by Piper Verlag GmbH, München / Berlin.
You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop -- 1 How I Gave Up the News: Part 1 -- 2 How I Gave Up the News: Part 2 -- 3 News is to the Mind What Sugar is to the -- Body -- 4 Radical Abstinence -- 5 The Thirty-Day Plan -- 6 The Soft Option 27 -- 7 News is Irrelevant: Part 1 -- 8 News is Irrelevant: Part 2 (A Thought -- Experiment -- 9 News is Outside Your Circle of Competence -- 10 News Gets Risk Assessment All Wrong -- 11 News is a Waste of Time -- 12 News Obscures the Big Picture -- 13 News is Toxic to Your Body -- 14 News Confirms Our Mistakes -- 15 News Reinforces Hindsight Bias -- 16 News Reinforces Availability Bias -- 17 News Keeps the Opinion Volcano Bubbling -- 18 News Inhibits Thought -- 19 News Rewires Our Brains -- 20 News Produces Fake Fame -- 21 News Makes Us Smaller Than We Really Are -- 22 News Makes Us Passive -- 23 News is Invented by Journalists -- 24 News is Manipulative -- 25 News Kills Creativity -- 26 News Encourages Crap: Sturgeon's Law -- 27 News Gives Us the Illusion of Empathy -- 28 News Encourages Terrorism -- 9 News Destroys Our Peace of Mind -- 30 Not Convinced? -- 31 What About Democracy?: Part 1 -- 32 What About Democracy?: Part 2 -- 33 The News Lunch -- 34 The Future of the News -- 35 How it Feels -- Acknowledgements -- The Dobelli Disclaimer -- Appendix.
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 toxic form of information - news. He shows the damage it does to our concentration and well-being, and how a misplaced sense of duty can misdirect our behaviour. From the author of the bestselling The Art of Thinking Clearly, Rolf Dobelli's book offers the reader guidance about how to live without news, and the many potential gains to be had: less disruption, more time, less anxiety, more insights. In a world of increasing disruption and division, Stop Reading the News is a welcome voice of calm and wisdom.
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