And giving up reading it will make you happier
You might be wondering just what kind of news outlet would advise against reading news. And the amazing thing is that this piece from The Guardian is serious and tells the truth!
‘We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. Watching an airplane crash on television is going to change your attitude toward that risk, regardless of its real probability. If you think you can compensate with the strength of your own inner contemplation, you are wrong. Bankers and economists – who have powerful incentives to compensate for news-borne hazards – have shown that they cannot. The only solution: cut yourself off from news consumption entirely…’
Should we follow Guardian’s advice? What if some kind of disaster is headed for your town or news about your missing child or car was published? Can happiness from not reading news replace that? You decide.
I recommend reading full article here before you stop reading news altogether
The Newspaper as a Platform for Talent
‘Instead of thinking of the newspaper as the pre-eminent brand, why not think of it more like a talent agency or a record label: an entity that gets its value from helping to develop and promote a variety of voices — in whatever way it can, across whatever platforms. Newspapers have always promoted their star writers, but any value captured has gone solely to the larger brand, the assumption being that those journalists should consider themselves lucky to have been chosen…’
Another great long essay about newspapers
Most Kids Curse Before They Learn the Alphabet
At least with English speakers
‘Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet, according to a new book that examines bad language and its origins.
‘English speakers also use a curse word on average once in every 140 words, roughly the same proportion as the first person plural pronouns such as ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our.’
‘The surprising preponderance of swearing in everyday language probably explains why the majority of children know at least one obscene word by the age of two, says language expert Dr. Mellissa Mohr, from Stanford University in California…’